The Blues’ incredible 60,000 seater stadium proposals could be brought back from the precipice under thier new plans announced by their Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Jenrick said that ‘planning permission deadlines will be extended… (that) will prevent work that has been temporarily disrupted by the pandemic from stopping altogether’.
Sites that had an expiry date in the lockdown are eligible for an extension until the 1 of April next year and that’s the key for Chelsea because their planning permission expired on March 31 and the lockdown started March 23.
Chelsea who got the permission to start knocking down buildings around Stamford Bridge in other to create extra space in March 2017 but work never began. Planning permission typically lasts for three years.
The current capacity of the Stamford Bridge is 41,600 seaters and it would be demolished to pave way for the construction of the new 60,000 capacity venue..
Chelsea acknowledged the expiration of the planning permission deadline back in March.
They said: ‘Chelsea Football Club acknowledges that the planning permission we obtained for a new stadium expires on 31st March 2020.
‘We are grateful to all our fans and stakeholders, especially Hammersmith & Fulham Council, for their patience and understanding in the matter.
‘We will continue to consider our options for a new stadium, should economic conditions improve.’
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, deems the £1bn project financially viable in the current climate.