Plans approved to build Chelsea FC's £500m stadium which will be a 'jewel in London's sporting crown' says Khan

Chelsea Football Club has been given the green light to build a £500 million stadium on the site of its current Stamford Bridge ground.

Plans for the new stadium, which have been approved by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will see Chelsea’s matchday capacity increase from 41,600 to 60,000 and include the construction of an elevated walkway over the nearby District Line, linking the stadium to Fulham Broadway station.

Designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron, who also designed the Birds Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing and Allianz Arena in Munich, the proposal was unanimously approved by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning committee in January.

Sadiq said he was satisfied the new stadium was a "high-quality and spectacular design" which would significantly boost capacity for the Premier League club.

The club's application also includes an investment of £12 million in community activities, such as employment and skills training, as well as a contribution of £3.75 million towards affordable housing in the borough.

Khan said: “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.

“I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world.”

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