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Mayor approves Chelsea's 'blue jewel'

The Mayor of London has approved Chelsea's plans to buid a £500m stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge.  Sadiq Khan said that the planned 60,000 stadium would be 'the jewel in London's sporting crown'.  Capacity at the ground will be boosted by 18,500.

The club still needs permission from Chelsea Pitch Owners, a fan group that owns the freehold of the stadium's pitch and stands, to temporarily leave Stamford Bridge.

Blackpool's woes help AFC Fylde's success

David Haythornthwaite grew up as a Blackpool fan.   Having succeeded with his business Tangerine Holdings, which makes farming and veterinary products, he made unsuccessful attempts to buy the club from the Oystons in 1998 and 2005.

Spurs and Chelsea have different stadium naming strategies

Tottenham Hotspur are planning to drop the name White Hart Lane while Chelsea hope to retain the name Stamford Bridge in some form as the London rivals seek to secure naming rights for their new stadiums.

QPR change new stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers have decided to go for a more modest version of their planned new stadium, according to a report in The Times.

Queens Park Rangers hope to draw up plans soon for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the site of the Linford Christie athletics track in west London.

Sky Blues owners bring new legal action

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have brought a new legal action against Coventry City Council over the sale of the Ricoh Arena.  On this occasion they are objecting to the sale of the Council's 50 per cent share in the Ricoh's operating company, ACL,  to Wasps Rugby Club.

Millwall CPO dropped

A proposed compulsory purchase order on land around Millwall's stadium has been dropped after an intervention by Lewisham mayor, Sir Steve Bullock.   Lewisham Council were under increasing pressure after a campaign against what was in effect a gentrification project gained momentum.   It reduces the likelihood of similar threats to other clubs.

Mayor to probe London Stadium finances

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to set up a high-powered team to investigate what happened with the finances of the London Stadium, the new home of West Ham United.   Several independent companies have been approached to undertake the work.

Football stadium to be demolished

Nene Park, formerly the home of Rushden & Diamonds is to be demolished.  The stadium is derelict and judged to be dangerous and a fire risk. The club was formed from a merger of Irthlingborough Diamonds and Rushden Town. in 1992.  They were promoted to the Football League in 2001.  At their height they played in the equivalent of League One.

What will mayor decide about Chelsea stadium plans?

Chelsea have received planning permission from Hammersmith and Fulham council to build a new 60,000 seater stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge.  However, the plans for the £500m project must be signed off by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He has 14 days to respond once the plan is sent on to him by Hammersmith Council.  He can accept the application, reject it or hold a short public inquiry which he would chair himself.   There are indications that his advisers think that the proposal is insufficiently 'green''.

Millwall may be forced to quit their historic home

Millwall may be forced to quit their historic home in New Cross.   It looks as if Lewisham Council will approve a compulsory purchase order on land around the New Den next week.   This is needed for a so-called 'regeneration' project involving a mystery offshore developer with links with Lewisham Council.