Chelsea face major blow to Stamford Bridge plans as injunction lodged by military veteran

Chelsea face major blow to Stamford Bridge plans as injunction lodged by military veteran

Chelsea’s plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge could be blocked after a military veteran took out an interim court injunction against a proposal to sell a 1.2-acre site.

The Blues secured an agreement in principle to buy the land, which houses 100 military veterans and their war widows, for an estimated £60million in July.

Some of those who face relocation are reportedly furious with the prospect of needing to move, with an injunction having now been lodged with Wandsworth County Court in London.

Stoll, the charity that houses the veterans and has the final say on the proposed sale, is currently using an independent legal firm to finalise their consultation period ahead of a decision next month.

In a statement received by Standard Sport, they say they are aware of the dissenting voices at the site but will continue their process.

“Stoll has been informed by a resident that an application for an interim court injunction has been lodged with Wandsworth County Court,” it reads.

“Stoll has not received any further correspondence from Wandsworth County Court on this matter. Our priority is reviewing all responses from the resident consultation which will inform the Board’s final decision.”

Chelsea will be watching the process closely as it could dictate the future of the club, with no final decision taken on whether to redevelop the current stadium at Stamford Bridge or move to another London location.

Each option will prove costly and an extra $500m has been sought from Ares Management to help finance any future project.

Moving from the current location near Fulham Broadway underground station would also prove unpopular with supporters, with the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) able to veto any move.