Chelsea submit application for 60,000-seat stadium

A full planning application for a new 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge has been submitted to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Chelsea Football Club has confirmed.

Chelsea: The existing Stamford Bridge stadium (picture by Edmund Gall, Flickr)
Chelsea: The existing Stamford Bridge stadium (picture by Edmund Gall, Flickr)

In a statement, Chelsea FC said that the application would expand the seating capacity of the stadium from 41,600 to 60,000 seats, offering an "outstanding view of the stadium from every seat" and promising an arena "designed to create an exciting atmosphere".

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham confirmed that it had validated the application, submitted on behalf of Fordstam Ltd by agent AECOM, on 19 November. It has set a deadline for comments on the application of Friday 8 January.

The council said that the application comprises the demolition of the existing football stadium and the construction of a new larger football stadium. "Other features include ancillary stadium-related uses, including a club shop and museum, plus a separate restaurant/cafe use," the council said.

It added that the new stadium would involve both excavation works and the construction of new external concourse areas. "This includes the formation of decking platforms over part of the District Line and part of the Southern mainline railway," the council said.

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