London Family Could Derail New £1 Billion Stamford Bridge

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The Crosthwaites have lived in their west London cottage oppostite the Bridge for 50 years and the family - comprising Lucinda and Nicolas, plus children Louis and Rose - took out an injunction in May when they discovered the new 60,000-capacity stadium will cast a permanent shadow over parts of their home.

Roman Abramovich's plans for a new £1billion stadium for could be derailed by the objections of just one family and their "right to light".

As a Russian oligarch worth an estimated $9.1 billion, Roman Abramovich will have no doubt become accustomed to getting his own way.

In 2014, the club began developing plans to create Europe's most expensive and lavish stadium there.

The club have been agreeing deals with locals over their "right to light" which, under English law, gives a landowner the right to receive sunlight through defined openings or gaps in buildings on his or her land.

However, despite its close proximity, Stamford Bridge sits in the neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham borough, whose council could effectively sidestep the injunction after the stadium was signed off on by both its planning officers and the Mayor of London previous year.

Chelsea have already paid compensation to other families in the area and reportedly made a six-figure offer to the Crosthwaites, but this was rejected and the club are now appealing to the local council to intervene on their behalf.

A decision will be taken at a Hammersmith and Fulham council cabinet meeting on Monday.

Chelsea now estimate that they will have to move away for four years, with Wembley the likeliest destination, before returning to a redeveloped Stamford Bridge in time for the start of the 2024-25 season.

Chelsea held a public consultation of 13,000 local residents and say the plans earned 97.5 per cent support.

After looking for a new stadium site, Chelsea eventually settled on a similar plan to Tottenham, a complete redesign of their stadium at their current site.

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