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Chelsea get Stamford Bridge development update delivered as Earl's Court company confirm plans

Football London logo Football London 16/11/2022 Tom Coley
A general view of the outside of Stamford Bridge stadium during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge © Photo by Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images A general view of the outside of Stamford Bridge stadium during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge

Earl's Court Development Company have revealed that there are no plans for Chelsea to move to the site after suggestions that the club could plan for a stadium move there.

The Daily Mail wrote earlier this week that Todd Boehly and new co-owners Cleaklake Capital had plans to make use of the Earl's Court site after the property development company brought the site in 2019.

Roman Abramovich had tried to do it himself in 2013 but found the move blocked by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. With the owners placing development of Stamford Bridge or a stadium move on their priority list for the club, updates are keenly awaited after Abramovich failed to make the desired changes during his time.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, Earl's Court Development Company wrote: "@ChelseaFC have been considering their stadium development options for many years. @earlscourtdevco is working on a plan for the Earls Court site delivering homes, jobs, culture & open space with a masterplan application in late 2023. Our plans *do not* include a sports stadium."

Chelsea face a challenge to find a new home or redevelop their current one but also recognise the financial insentive to do so. In an interview last month new board member Jonathan Goldstein admitted that things won't be simple though, saying, "The fact that people need to be aware of is that there is no existing planning permission on the site.

"There was planning permission but it's lapsed so we have to start again. We're at the beggining of that process and obviously there's two alternatives. You either redevelop the existing stadium of you take it down and build a new one on the site.

"We're very tight at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea Pitch Owners are part of that process and we're going through our own educational process, we will then consult with fans and local authorities. I would hope that over the next 12 to 18 months you will be able to invite me back and I'll be able to tell you how we intend to take that forwards.

"We're really focused on understand the locality and understanding what we've got at Stamford Bridge and maximising the opportunity and the excitement for the fans."

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