Chelsea FC have been granted approval for their new stadium plans at Stamford Bridge.
The Herzog & De Meuron design plans will deliver a 60,000 seat stadium, some 50% bigger than the present one, involving decking over the District Line to the north-west and the Southern rail line to the east.
A Chelsea FC statement said: “We are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home”.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council says there will be £22million in benefits to the local community. This includes a £3.75m contribution to offsite affordable housing, as well as the promis of improved local leisure, recreation and sporting facilities in the borough.
As a condition of the approval, Chelsea FC will create a new Business and Community Liaison Group to inform residents and businesses of the different stages of the demolition and construction programme, working hours and to provide a 24-hour contact for residents and businesses if they have a concern about the works.
H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, said: “Chelsea’s new stadium will deliver some real benefits to the borough. But we have also made it clear to the club that we fully expect them to work with local residents to minimise the disruption of the works.
“We are happy to help usher in this exciting new phase in Chelsea FC’s history. And we will continue to work hard to deliver as many protections and benefits as possible for the area by working with the club and local residents.”