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Chelsea's hopes to build Europe's most expensive stadium hit stumbling block

Chelsea's hopes to build Europe's most expensive stadium hit stumbling block

They took out an injunction in May saying the 60,000-seater stadium will cast a permanent shadow over their home.

Chelsea's hopes of building a new £1bn stadium has hit a wall as a family are opposed to owner Roman Abramovich's plans, BBC reports.

However, despite its close proximity, Stamford Bridge sits in the neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham borough, whose council could effectively sidestep the injunction after the stadium was signed off on by both its planning officers and the Mayor of London a year ago.

They're relying on a United Kingdom law called "Right to Light", which stipulates that "the owner of a building with windows that have received natural daylight for 20 years or more is entitled to forbid any construction or other obstruction that would deprive him or her of that illumination".

As per the BBC, Chelsea offered the family £50,000 of legal advice and further compensation but they turned down this proposal.

Chelsea have told the council they will be unable to start development work or secure financing while there remains a risk that the injunction proceedings could succeed.

Their argument with the reconstruction of the stadium centres around their right to light - and the lack of it shining into their home when the new Stamford Bridge is built.

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A three-bedroom property on the same street as the Crosthwaites sold for £1.18m previous year.

The family are strongly opposed to the club's plans on redeveloping the stadium due to their "right to light".

They would then lease the land back to Chelsea and railway operators Network Rail, meaning the property owners would be entitled to compensation but would not be able to prevent the redevelopment.

A consultation of 13,000 residents earned 97.5 per cent support, and Chelsea have compensated other homeowners.

Hammersmith and Fulham councillors are now set to convene on Monday to decide whether to apply a compulsory purchase order on the "air rights" on neighbouring land currently owned by Network Rail, which would negate the Crosthwaites' "right to light" under planning law and sidestep the injunction.

The reigning Premier League champions also claim the new stadium will greatly benefit the local community through educational programmes, improvement to infrastructure and an additional boost to business.