Local Family Threatens To Derail Building Of New Stamford Bridge

Objections by a family living on Stamford Cottages over their'right to light could lead to Chelsea's £1bn new stadium plan being derailed

Objections by a family living on Stamford Cottages over their'right to light could lead to Chelsea's £1bn new stadium plan being derailed

However, his ambitious plans to build a £1 billion new stadium for his Chelsea Football Club are being thwarted by an unlikely adversary - a family of four who fear a "loss of light" in their London cottage that overlooks the Stamford Bridge stadium where the redevelopment is to take place.

The BBC reports the Crosthwaites have been given a six-figure sum by Chelsea and £50,000 ($68,000) worth of legal advice to drop their issue - however it appears they're holding firm.

Chelsea have now called on the local council to intervene and try to sidestep the objection, with the possibility that compulsory purchase powers will be required to ensure Europe's most expensive stadium goes ahead as planned.

A three-bedroom property on the same street as the Crosthwaites sold for £1.18m past year.

Rose Crosthwaite says that "sunlight and daylight will be seriously affected" by the scale of the new stadium.

The property is behind the East Stand at Stamford Bridge across the railway line
The property is behind the East Stand at Stamford Bridge across the railway line

They have also taken out an injunction and lodged a complaint with Hammersmith and Fulham Council - which has now thrown Chelsea's huge plans into disarray.

They would then lease the land back to Chelsea and railway operators Network Rail, meaning the property owners would be entitled to compensation but would not be able to prevent the redevelopment. The new Stamford Bridge is expected to have a 60,000-seat capacity and will actually be built deeper into the ground to allow more seats to be built, instead of raising the height of the stadium.

The plans have already been granted approval by the Mayor of London, with a consultation of 13,000 residents gathering 97.5% support.

Hammersmith and Fulham councillors are now set to convene on Monday to decide whether to apply a compulsory purchase order on the "air rights" on neighbouring land currently owned by Network Rail, which would negate the Crosthwaites' "right to light" under planning law and sidestep the injunction. Other local residents have already been compensated over their "right to light".

The current stadium is the seventh biggest in the Premier League.

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