Chelsea Football club have been given the green light to build a new state of the art £500 million stadium.

The new stadium will be developed on the existing site of Stamford Bridge, increasing match day capacity from 41,600 to 60,000.

Chelsea's proposal was approved unanimously by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning committee in January.

Credit: Hammersmith and Fulham Council

London is one of the world’s greatest sporting cities and I’m delighted that we will soon add Chelsea's new stadium to the already fantastic array of sporting arenas in the capital. Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.

Credit: Hammersmith and Fulham Council

The club's application also includes an investment of £12 million in community activities, such as employment and skills training, as well as a contribution of £3.75 million towards affordable housing in the borough.

Pitchside at the current Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

The new stadium has been designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron – who also designed the iconic Birds Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing and the widely acclaimed Allianz Arena in Munich.