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Single family in way of £1 billion stadium development

Chelsea Football Club’s £1 billion stadium development has been blocked by a single family living in close proximity of the site.

Nicolas and Lucinda Crosthwaite took out an injunction against the plans, arguing that the new 60-000 seat complex will infringe on their “right to light”.

The family live in a cottage just meters from where the current stadium will be torn down and rebuilt.

According to the injunction, the Crosthwaites want the east stand to be “cut-back or redesigned so as not to cause interference”.

Other local households have accepted a settlement to waive their rights to sunlight, but the Crosthwaites are intent in pursuing their claim.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said the development could not go ahead until the injunction has been overturned.

Development of the new stadium was due to begin in 2019 after London Mayor Sadiq Khan personally approved the club’s plans last year.

Hammersmith and Fulham council said it will meet next week to decide how to handle the injunction. Chelsea has been in favour with the local authority since confirming that it would “further enhance the economic, cultural and social services they provide” through a multi-million pound investment in educational and infrastructure programmes.

Legally, the council can acquire the land if they believe the decision would contribute to the economic, environmental, or social wellbeing of the area. Chelsea said it would lease the land off the council and cover any liabilities or costs.

This is not the first run-in Chelsea has had with local residents. In July, a High Court judge blocked a claim from local residents over pollution concerns.

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