Chelsea will be given another year to get their plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge off the ground after a change was made to the planning rules by the government.
The Blues had planning permission to redevelop the ground until the end of March but with no construction work having begun, the consents were believed to have expired.
However, the Housing, Communities & Local Government secretary Robert Jenrick has since announced that any planning permission deadlines after March 23rd will be given an extension to April 1st 2021.
Whether that will, in fact, lead to Chelsea reviving their plans, it remains to be seen. There has been no movement since May 2018, when the Blues confirmed in a statement that their planned redevelopment had been put on ice:
“Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate.”
Stamford Bridge’s redevelopment would have seen the original 41,600 seater ground demolished in order to make way for a brand new 60,000 stadium, but costs spiralled to £1Billion.