Chelsea's £1bn Stamford Bridge rebuild under threat

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A London family of four could be sensationally set to derail Chelsea's £1 billion redevelopment plans for Stamford Bridge - because they claim the new stadium would cast a permanent shadow over their home.

The Crosthwaite family - parents Lucinda and Nicolas, plus children Louis and Rose - have lived in Stamford Cottages, just a goal kick away from Stamford Bridge for 50 years.

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

Chelsea have already obtained planning permission and the green light from London mayor Sadiq Khan for their architecturally stunning new stadium, due to open in 2021.

Although the club has agreed to compensate most of the 50 neighbouring homes that will suffer as a result of the redesign, they have reached a stalemate with the Crosthwaites.

If the 60,000 seater stadium is to be built, this would severley deny the Crosthwaites this right.

The Blues have already paid compensation to other homeowners in the luxury area, where a three-bedroom property recently in the same row as the Crosthwaites' house recently sold for £1.18million.

The family have said via their lawyers they are not opposed to the stadium's redevelopment but have suggested planned hospitality areas be scaled back in order to make the East Stand closest to them smaller.

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.

If the council does decide to purchase the land, the Crosthwaites have the right to take further legal action, potentially further delaying the project.

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

But recent months have brought considerable added costs and complications to the project, which will require Chelsea to play in a temporary home while Stamford Bridge and the surrounding buildings are demolished and the new stadium is constructed.

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