Chelsea's Earls Court stadium plans in tatters
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
Chelsea Stamford Bridge
Chelsea Football Club's dreams of building a new stadium on the Earls Court site have been ended by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
The local authority has decided to go ahead with an 8,000-home redevelopment of the site, meaning the Premier League team will have to look elsewhere in their quest for a new ground.
It is a second major blow to the Blues new stadium plans. Last year, the club tried to buy the Battersea Power Station site only for it to be sold to a Malaysian company.
The council announced on its website that it has made an agreement that will bring "£1 billion worth of community benefits" to North Fulham and Earls Court.
The Earls Court redevelopment will see 7,583 new homes built, including 760 replacement council properties.
The council said: "The Earls Court landowners, H&F Council and Capco, are committed to the regeneration of the Earls Court Opportunity Area in line with the master-plan.
"It is the firm intention of the two landowners to proceed with this landmark regeneration, creating 9,500 permanent new jobs and around 36,000 temporary construction jobs.
"Neither of the two landowners believes that the inclusion of a football stadium in the scheme would offer the regeneration benefits of the existing master plan."