Chelsea Football Club has secured the go-ahead from Hammersmith & Fulham Council to build a new stadium at Stamford Bridge in Fulham.
The project will involve the construction of a new 60,000-seat stadium, and the demolition of the existing one. The new stadium, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, is estimated to cost £500M.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan said: “Chelsea’s new stadium will deliver some real benefits to the borough. 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.”
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.”
As a condition of the approval, the council has required the creation of a new Business and Community Liaison Group to inform residents and businesses of the different stages of the demolition and construction programme, working hours and to provide a 24-hour contact for residents and businesses if they have a concern about the works.
The club is also required to install bird and bat boxes during the works to help protect local wildlife, and create at least 427 cycle racks in the development.
Construction work has to start within three years, before the approval expires.
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