Chelsea were given approval by the Mayor of London for the go-ahead of their new stadium plans.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved the plans in January, but the Mayor's support was needed to formalise the approval into full planning consent.
After a thorough evaluation, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, gave his permission for the new Chelsea FC Stadium with an estimated cost of £500 million.
London is one of the world’s greatest sporting cities and I’m delighted that we will soon add Chelsea’s new stadium to the already fantastic array of sporting arenas in the capital. Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.
Sadiq Khan, London Mayor
Following a review by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, we are delighted he has chosen to support the council’s decision. This is the latest significant step toward redevelopment of the stadium and the delivery of the extensive local community programme. Further steps lie ahead, both during and after the planning process, before construction work can commence.
Chelsea FC, online communication
The new Chelsea FC Stadium will have a capacity of 60,000. If Chelsea's timing is respected, and knowing the development will take three years, the Blues will be able to move in for the 2021/22 season.
Chelsea are investigation options on where to play their home games during construction. The BBC reported in January that a spokesperson for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said that Twickenham wouldn't be an option for Chelsea. Wembley, where Tottenham Hotspur will play during the 2017/2018 spell, could be another possibility.
Get an impression of Chelsea FC’s new stadium
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