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Chelsea have received planning approval from Hammersmith and Fulham Council for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seater stadium.

Planning for the £500million redevelopment of Stamford Bridge was approved on Wednesday night with councillors voting unanimously in Chelsea’s favour at Hammersmith Town Hall, subject to minor amendments, reports The Telegraph.

The current Stamford Bridge will be demolished and a new one would be built on the same site and the new stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2021/22 season.

A statement from Chelsea read: “Tonight the council’s planning committee considered the application and we are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home.

“The committee decision does not mean that work can begin on site. This is just the latest step, although a significant one, that we have to take before we can commence work, including obtaining various other permissions.”

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