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Right to light clouds Chelsea stadium plans

Plans to build Chelsea FC’s new stadium at Stamford Bridge in London are being held up by a row over the “right to light” for surrounding homes.

One family who have lived in their cottage next to the ground for 50 years are protesting against the £1 billion development, claiming the new 60,000 seat stadium will block the light from their property when it is built.

The Crosthwaites are pursuing legal action and have taken out an injunction against the development.

Chelsea have now told Hammersmith and Fulham Council that work cannot go ahead while there is a risk that the injunction could derail the development.

The new stadium, designed by architects Herzog and De Meuron, was granted planning permission a year ago and has been passed by the Mayor of London.

Chelsea have called on the local council to intervene and take advantage of planning laws to stop the injunction effectively ending the planned development. Chelsea say the land can be compulsorily acquired by the council.

The club also said said a public consultation of 13,000 local residents won 97.5% support for the project.

The family, meanwhile, have said they are not opposed to the redevelopment of the stadium, but have suggested the east stand, which would affect their property, should be redesigned and made smaller.

Their home is in the neighbouring Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and on the other side of a railway line from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is understood to have offered the Crosthwaites a six-figure sum in compensation but they have rejected the offer.