London mayor green lights Chelsea stadium plans

Chelsea’s plans to build a new £500 million stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge have taken a big leap forward after it was approved by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The state of the art stadium was designed by the same firm behind the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in China and Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, and will increase capacity from 41,000 to 60,000 people, bringing attendance in line with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Part of the proposal also included the Blues making a £12 million investment in community activities, £3.75 million for affordable housing and providing a direct link between the stadium and the Fulham Broadway underground station.

"London is one of the world's greatest sporting cities and I am delighted that we will soon add Chelsea's new stadium to the fantastic array of arenas in the capital," Kahn said

"Having taken a balanced view of the application I am satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.

"I am confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London's sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world."