CHELSEA’S STADIUM PLANS APPROVED BY LOCAL COUNCIL

Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee have permitted Chelsea to build a new 60,000 seat stadium.

“We are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“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.”

Chelsea now require the permission of London mayor Sadiq Khan to start the construction process.

The new stadium has been designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron, who were also responsible for the “Birds Nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing.

Wembley Stadium or Twickenham Stadium could be used as Chelsea’s temporary home-ground during the construction period.

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