Chelsea suffer relocation blow after Earls Court plans are quashed
Owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to move the Champions League winners to a bigger stadium and saw plans to redevelop Battersea Power Station fall apart last year after a Malaysian consortium completed a £400million purchase of the London landmark.
And the Russian billionaire suffered another setback on Wednesday after Hammersmith and Fulham Council and developer EC Properties released a joint statement slamming his Earls Court proposal.
“Neither of the two landowners believes that the inclusion of a football stadium in the scheme would offer the regeneration benefits of the existing master plan,” the press release read.
“It is the firm intention of the two landowners to proceed with this landmark regeneration, creating 9,500 permanent new jobs and around 36,000 temporary construction jobs.”
Abramovich wants to move the Blues from Stamford Bridge, their home since 1905, to the Earls Court site but Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader Nicholas Botterill revealed the club weren’t considered when the £1billion renovation scheme was signed off.
“There really is no place for Chelsea Football Club within the Earls Court redevelopment,” he said.
“It remains the council’s firm belief that the future of Chelsea FC is best served at their historic home of Stamford Bridge.”