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''.
An initial report from the mayor's office deemed that the overall plan was acceptable, but it needed improvement. For example, attention was drawn to the lack of any renewable energy technology, something that could be relatively easily remedied.
A bigger area of concern is the use of the District Line by fans. The mayor's office is satisfied with plans to improve Fulham Broadway, but is concerne about the impact at Earls Court where many supporters will change trains.