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Planners demand design impact details of Herzog & de Meuron’s Chelsea FC stadium plans

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Chelsea Football Club has been forced to provide more information on its proposed new stadium by Herzog & de Meuron after planners deemed their original submission inadequate

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham wrote to the club at the end of June requesting more details on environmental and design impacts of the £600 million scheme in west London.

It is understood that the club has now responded to the request by submitting the missing information.

The council requested more information on ‘interface areas between the proposed stadium grounds, in particular the relationship between the new stadium and the boundary treatment on the east side with Brompton Cemetery/The Billings and in relation to neighbouring properties to the south-fronting Fulham Road, and the properties to the west and north of the site’.

In addition, it said that the club needed to provide more detail on the proposed boundary walls, including the height, materials and planning, plus light and shade studies, particularly the effect on the cemetery and neighbouring properties to the east of the development.

Other information, which the council said was missing from the club’s environmental statement, included ‘detail and certainty over the phasing and demolition and construction programme’ as well as information about traffic movements.

The council added that the environmental statement ‘does not contain sufficient information on the proposed landscaping and lighting design, including seating and outdoor furniture, to confirm whether the impact of these features has been adequately considered, in particular light spill from the decking areas’.

The impact of proposed green roofs was also said to be missing.

Plans for the stadium were submitted in December, proposing a three-tier, four-stand, bowl with a capacity of 60,000 supporters, compared with the current 41,837 capacity.

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