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Chelsea given permission for new stadium

Chelsea have received permission from the local council to build a new 60,000 seater stadium which will cost about £500m.

The plans that have been passed are to demolish the current Stamford Bridge and rebuild the new stadium. The plans also include the construction of a new walkway from District Line Station to the new ground.

A Chelsea statement said "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."

If the new build was to go ahead it could mean that Chelsea have to find a temporary home up to three years, with options at the moment being Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium.

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