LBHF looks to help Chelsea, Fulham

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has issued a statement which offers both Fulham FC and Chelsea FC comfort on their expansion plans, but imply they want Chelsea to stay put at Stamford Bridge.

Fulham have recently announced they want to stay at Craven Cottage, and that they will be bringing plans forward to expand the capacity of that ground. Chelsea have recently failed to repurchase the freehold of Stamford Bridge from the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), a group set up to protect the club in the eighties when it risked liquidation. The failure to acquire the freehold makes a move away from Stamford Bridge difficult. The club has been linked with moves to Earls Court and White City.

A Council spokesman, said: “Hammersmith & Fulham Council is proud that our Borough uniquely contains three Premiership football clubs; Chelsea FC, Fulham FC and Queens Park Rangers FC.

“In light of the recent decision by Chelsea Pitch Owners to retain its freehold of the ground, we reaffirm our desire to see Chelsea FC remain in the Borough and our commitment to help the club to remain at its historic home of Stamford Bridge.

“We recognise that all our clubs will need greater capacity to accommodate growth in their fan bases and that new financial fair play rules necessitate generating extra match-day revenue to remain competitive with the leading English and European teams.”

The Council says that they have reached an agreement with Fulham already, the spokesperson said: “We are currently assisting Fulham FC with its plans to expand the capacity of its historic ground at Craven Cottage and we have already agreed to grant planning permission for additional capacity.  A new scheme is about to be consulted on.

And they are looking to help Chelsea grow capacity without a move away from Stamford Bridge, saying: “The Council now proposes to examine whether there are planning options to expand Stamford Bridge to accommodate a larger capacity.”

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