Chelsea given permission to build a new Stamford Bridge stadium

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Chelsea's plans for a new £500m 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge have been given the green light by Hammersmith and Fulham council.

Stamford Bridge's new look has been designed by the team behind Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium, built for the 2008 Olympics, and is just as eye-catching.

The main point of discussion is likely to be the ground's proximity to transport, with the new prospective capacity of 60,000 making the distance of underground and railway lines paramount.

The decision is subject to appeal and could yet be blocked by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meaning a date when Chelsea can begin building work is some way from being confirmed.

In a meeting that lasted little under three hours, all members of the council's planning committee unanimously agreed to the London club's proposals.

Plans to leave Stamford Bridge altogether, with Battersea Power Station a potential new site, were blocked in 2011 by Chelsea Pitch Owners, the group that holds the freehold on Stamford Bridge.

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The club have stressed in a statement that the council's approval does not mean that they can begin building straight away, but that the process is moving in the right direction.

Expanding stadium capacity from 41,500 has been a critical goal for Chelsea for some time. But we have also made it clear to the club that we fully expect them to work with local residents to minimise the disruption of the works.

That would again muddy the waters as rivals Tottenham will occupy the national stadium for at least the 2017-18 season as work finishes on their own new stadium in north London.

It is estimated however, that with the new Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could match Arsenal's current matchday turnover of £100m a year.

Should the development go ahead, Chelsea would have to find a temporary home with Twickenham and Wembley having been mooted as options.

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