Chelsea Football Club’s plans to build a 60,000-seat stadium have been given the green light by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
The local authority last night granted planning approval to the scheme, which will replace the club’s existing Stamford Bridge home and increase capacity by 20,000.
A club shop, restaurant and museum will also be built as well as a decking platform over the District Line railway and the Southern mainline railway.
The 38,676 sq m stadium has been designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Responses received over the consultation period outlined concerns regarding the construction of the stadium, which will last four years and cause “significant local disruption”.
Concerns have also been raised regarding the stadium’s impact on the Billings and Brompton conservation area to the east of the site.
As a condition of the approval, the club will be required to install bat and bird boxes to protect the local environment, and to create 427 cycle racks within the development.
Consultants Aecom and WSP PB are both working on the project.
The stadium is expected to be completed by 2021.