Chelsea have announced that they have received the green light from the Hammersmith and Fulham Council to redevelop Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League heavyweights had their proposal to increase the stadium from 41,663 seats to 60,000 approved by the council’s Planning and Development Control Committee on Wednesday.
The London Evening Standard reports that the construction will take around three years to complete, stating that Wembley will likely be the temporary home for the Blues during that time.
The club have stressed in a statement that the council’s approval does not mean that they can begin building straight away, but that the process is moving in the right direction.
The report adds that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is expected to splash £500m on the redevelopment, which was first put forward in November 2015.
The Blues, who currently have a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, have played their home games at Stamford Bridge until 1905.
After the news was announced, fans took to social media to give their views, with some excited by the prospect, while others were more concerned with the design.
Many are saying that Chelsea's new stadium will not just be a competitor for the best in England, it will be one of the best in the world????
— ChelsFinest (@ChelsFinest) January 12, 2017
Give Chelsea credit on the new stadium design, its certainly unique. – https://t.co/Z7ajCB2Ld3
— DAVE JONES (@FLASH_VC) January 12, 2017
Terrible design for a new stadium and that too for £500m. I'm sure a lot of Chelsea fans won't be happy with that. https://t.co/NPSnECnFzv
— Misha (@natasha7ts) January 12, 2017
New Chelsea stadium looks horrific????????
— Henry (@hwestmacott_) January 12, 2017
Spurs to borrow Wembley next season then season after move to new stadium then season after that Chelsea move to Wembley. Crazy lol
— Lewis Johnston (@LewisLew10) January 12, 2017
Chelsea's new stadium looks like something I'd store my contact lenses in.
— Jim Daly (@jimdalycomedy) January 12, 2017
Don't understand what Chelsea are thinking with that stadium design. Looks trash.
— Islington Matt (@RosickyBall) January 11, 2017
Chelsea stadium approval ???????????? #Chelsea
— Jamie Ward (@JamieWard1988) January 11, 2017
— Peter Gajdus (@PeterGajdus) January 11, 2017
And for those that say Roman Abramovich doesn't care about Chelsea…. putting £500m towards a new stadium and doesn't take any money out????☕️
— Richie Haddad (@Richie_Haddad17) January 11, 2017
I do like myself a good stadium but Chelsea's redevelopment looks hideous
— Chris Wowk (@WuFy33) January 11, 2017