New 60,000 seat Chelsea stadium approved

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Chelsea Football Club’s plan to build a new 60,000 seat stadium in Fulham has been officially approved by Hammersmith and Fulham council.

The stadium will be built within the Stanford Bridge grounds, but will require the demolishing of the original stadium.

“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,” said Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan.

“We are happy to help usher in this exciting new phase in Chelsea FC’s history. And we will continue to work hard to deliver as many protections and benefits as possible for the area by working with the club and local residents.”

The application has been under scrutiny since November 2015 and features a £22 million commitment to local community benefits including an affordable housing contribution of £3.7 million.

The club has also agreed to install bird and bat boxes in the new build after the original application raised concerns over the wide variety of protected bat species nesting in nearby Brompton Cemetery.

The club has three years to begin the building work before the approval expires.

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