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Chelsea Football Club have received approval from the local council to build a new £500m 60,000-seat stadium.
More than a year ago, a planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity was submitted to the local council, Hammersmith & Fulham.
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The club in an official statement on its website said: "Over the past 12 months we have consulted widely with neighbouring residents, local businesses, statutory authorities and continued to work closely with the council.
"Tonight (Wednesday) 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.
"We will continue to inform you of progress throughout this process. Thank you for your continued support."
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan will have the final say on whether Chelsea can build their new stadium.
The new stadium has been designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron, who were also responsible for the "Birds Nest" Olympic stadium in Beijing.
The proposals could mean owner Roman Abramovich has to find a temporary home for the current Premier League leaders for up to three years, with both Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium being looked at as possible options.
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