English Premier League soccer club Chelsea FC’s £1bn (US$1.4bn) plans to redevelop its Stamford Bridge stadium are now back on track after a dispute with a neighbor, who presented a legal barricade, was settled out of court.
Around 50 properties surrounding the site of Chelsea’s west London stadium agreed to compensation in advance of the new 60,000-seat venue, however, as reported by The Telegraph, retired banker Nicholas Crosthwaite took out a High Court injunction to prevent work starting on the build on the grounds that it would impact the amount of sunlight on his family home.
The dispute has been on-going since May 2017, putting Chelsea’s chances of being ready for the 2023-24 season in jeopardy. However, in January after the council purchased the air rights that separate the stadium from Crosthwaite’s home, which the family eventually decided not to fight, it led to the settlement for an undisclosed sum.
“Chelsea FC have reached an agreement to settle the ongoing legal proceedings in relation to rights to light. The details of the agreement are confidential,” said a Chelsea FC spokesperson as reported in the Telegraph story.
March 21, 2018