BLUE MOON Chelsea given go ahead of £1bn Stamford Bridge redevelopment with extension on planning until next April

CHELSEA have been handed a huge boost in their £1billion plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge after they were given an extension of planning permission by the government.


Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by Thesun.co.uk

The club's previous agreement to extend their ground's capacity to 60,000 seats expired during lockdown, with it unclear on what the future holds for the stadium.

BLUE MOON Chelsea given go ahead of £1bn Stamford Bridge redevelopment with extension on planning until next April
Chelsea had planned to demolish Stamford Bridge and build a new 60,000 stadium

BLUE MOON Chelsea given go ahead of £1bn Stamford Bridge redevelopment with extension on planning until next April
The Blues were first given planning permission in 2017, but no work has been done

SunSport reported in March how the Blues still plan to press ahead with revamping Stamford Bridge, but will wait until "economic conditions improve".

And now Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced Chelsea have been given to April to start construction work.

In a bid to help the economy, Jenrick said, "planning permission deadlines will be extended... (that) will prevent work that has been temporarily disrupted by the pandemic from stopping altogether."

This benefits Chelsea as their plans had an expiry date of March 31, with lockdown having started on March 23.

They are now eligible for an extension until April 1.

Chelsea had wanted to demolish Stamford Bridge which boasts 41,600 seats to make way for a new 60,000-capacity ground.

The West London giants were first given permission to start work in March 2017, but work has ultimately failed to get off the ground.

BLUE MOON Chelsea given go ahead of £1bn Stamford Bridge redevelopment with extension on planning until next April
Chelsea's redevelopment of Stamford Bridge could cost owner Roman Abramovich up to £1billion

Commenting on the expiration of their planning permission, the club said: "Chelsea Football Club acknowledges that the planning permission we obtained for a new stadium expires on 31st March 2020.

"We are grateful to all our fans and stakeholders, especially Hammersmith & Fulham Council, for their patience and understanding in the matter.

"We will continue to consider our options for a new stadium, should economic conditions improve."

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