Council Reject Chelsea Plan for New Stadium

By iSportconnect | January 23, 2013

Chelsea Football Club have been told they will not be allowed to build a new stadium on the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre site.

The Premier League side had hoped to build a new stadium there or at the site of Battersea Power Station.

However, council leader Nicholas Botterill said: “There really is no place for Chelsea within the Earls Court redevelopment and it remains the council’s firm belief that the future of Chelsea is best served at their historic home.”

A further statement from Hammersmith and Fulham Council read: “”The Earls Court landowners, H&F Council and Capco, are committed to the regeneration of the Earls Court Opportunity Area in line with the masterplan.

“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 masterplan.”

The site will now be used for 7,583 new homes.