Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved Chelsea FC’s planning application to build a new 60,000-seat stadium in Fulham.
Last night’s (11 January) decision unlocks £22million in community benefits, which includes new affordable housing and recreation facilities. The council has also made it clear to the club that
they must work with local residents to minimise the disruption of the works
Chelsea Football Club applied for planning permission back in November to demolish Stamford Bridge Stadium and replace it with a stunning new Cathedral like structure complete with flying buttresses. Capacity will be increased from 41,600 to 60,000. There will even be a ‘Stamford Bridge’ adjacent to the main Stadium to satisfy the hundreds of thousands of fans who visit Fulham to see it.
Before the application was submitted, consultations were held to give neighbours and supporters an idea of the current outline proposals.
The Fulham Society has expressed some concerns, especially about the effect of such a large building on neighbouring properties and the added congestion that will be caused by the increased number of people attending football matches.
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