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Green light for new Chelsea FC stadium

Chelsea’s plans to build a new Herzog & de Meuron designed stadium at Stamford Bridge have been given the go-ahead by the local council.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved Chelsea FC’s planning application to build the new 60,000-seat stadium in Fulham.

The new stadium will be built within the grounds of Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road, and require the demolition of the existing 41,600 seat stadium.

The plans also include a new club shop, kiosks, museum and a restaurant/café.

The brick-clad stadium – which won plaudits from members of the planning committee for its look – has been designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, the same firm which created the iconic ‘Bird Nest’ stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Chelsea FC said in a statement:

More than a year ago, a planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity was submitted to our local council, Hammersmith & Fulham.

Over the past 12 months we have consulted widely with neighbouring residents, local businesses, statutory authorities and continued to work closely with the council.

The council’s planning committee considered the application and we are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home.

The committee decision does not mean that work can begin on site. This is just the latest step, although a significant one, that we have to take before we can commence work, including obtaining various other permissions.

The works would see decking platforms built over the District Line to the north-west and over the Southern rail line to the east.

Once the works are completed, pedestrians will be able to walk to the ground on match days from Fulham Broadway Station and Fulham Road, with motorists able to access the site via Wansdown Place.

Chelsea is the latest London club to develop or move to a new stadium.

Some 10 years ago Arsenal built the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium, last summer West Ham moved to the 57,000-capacity London Stadium in Stratford, east London, and Spurs are currently redeveloping their White Hart Lane ground.

Chelsea will probably have to find a new home for three years while building work is carried out, with both Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium being looked at as possible options.

Images courtesy of Chelsea FC/Herzog & de Meuron