Chelsea FC have been given planning permission to transform Stamford Bridge into a new 60,000 capacity stadium.

Plans for the cathedral-style ground were given the go-ahead by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning and development control committee at a late-night meeting on Wednesday (January 11).

The club, currently sitting top of the Premiership table, said in a statement: “We are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home.”

It is yet to announce when it will play its final season at its current stadium, in Fulham Road, Fulham , and when it would move into the new stadium.

 

However, it is expected to take four years to build with the club looking to relocate for three years .

Chelsea's vision for the new Stamford Bridge
 

It was heard during the planning meeting that the proximity of underground and overground railway lines are one of the biggest challenges for such a huge project in an area of west London which offers little wiggle room.

The planning application had been recommended for approval by H&F council officers, and permission was given subject to conditions.

The build will be complex and involve excavation, with the plan to lower the arena into the ground to achieve the capacity on a 12-acre site, and cost £500 million.

Video thumbnail, Virtual tour of the new-look Stamford Bridge
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It will include other features, including a club shop and museum, plus a separate restaurant/cafe use.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had previously looked at relocating, and at sites such as Battersea Power Station, before concluding their ideal arena could be created at the present location.

He commissioned Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron to transform the ground, which will feature a three-tiered stack of terraces and is inspired by the design of Westminster Abbey .

Last year computer scientist Neil Vano created an unofficial 3D render of the proposed stadium (see videos above) to give Blues fans a glimpse into what the future could hold .

Stamford Bridge as we know it

Stamford Bridge’s current capacity is 41,663, making it the seventh biggest in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the rebuilt stadium will fall well short of Manchester United’s 76,000-seater Old Trafford, while Arsenal, Manchester City, West Ham, Sunderland and Liverpool all now boast bigger grounds .

London neighbours Tottenham have also begun work on a new 61,000-seater stadium.

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