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Chelsea settles Stamford Bridge neighbour dispute

English Premier League football club Chelsea has settled a dispute with a local family over the planned redevelopment of its Stamford Bridge stadium.

The Crosthwaite family had taken an injunction out last May, claiming that Chelsea’s new facility would block sunlight from entering their home.

UK newspaper The Telegraph notes that Chelsea had previously agreed to compensate the majority of the 50 homes that would be affected by the redevelopment, but an agreement with the Crosthwaite family was not able to be reached.

In January, Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed a motion to prevent the injunction blocking the plans, and an agreement with the family has now been reached.

A club spokesperson told The Telegraph: “Chelsea FC have reached an agreement to settle the ongoing legal proceedings in relation to rights to light. The details of the agreement are confidential.”

Chelsea is hopeful of playing at its new 60,000-seat stadium in time for the start of the 2023-24 season. Stamford Bridge has a current capacity of 41,000.

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