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Roman Abramovich's Chelsea stadium rebuild faces being block

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Nicolas Crosthwaite and his family say the new £1bn stadium would block the light at their £4m Chelsea home, and are refusing to back down - despite the local council voting in favour of a compulsory purchase plan
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Chelsea want to build a new, bigger stadium at Stamford Bridge - but one stubborn homeowner is said to have stalled the entire development Getty Images
What the billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich wants, he normally gets. beer777
But when it comes to building himself a whole new stadium for his football club Chelsea, it seems his will may be thwarted by one stubborn British homeowner and his family.
Where others have moved house, given in or supported the rebuild of the Stamford Bridge ground, Nicolas Crosthwaite, 69, is refusing to budge from his Chelsea home or, it is reported, accept Mr Abramovich’s offer of £1m in compensation.
Instead he has applied for an injunction against Chelsea Football Club, arguing that the current development plan must be halted because the new 165ft high, 60,000-capacity stadium will stop light getting to the home he shares with his wife and two children.
Amid reports of Mr Abramovich “blowing his top”, Chelsea FC has said Mr Crosthwaite’s solo stand has stalled the whole £1bn development.
So it has now taken the seemingly drastic step of asking Hammersmith and Fulham Council to compulsorily purchase a parcel of Stamford Bridge stadium land, in order that the local authority can in turn use compulsory purchase powers to override Mr Crosthwaite’s right to light objections.
The local council appears to be going along with the plan, with Hammersmith and Fulham councillors voting to approve the measure at a town hall cabinet meeting on Monday night. But it also seems that Mr Crosthwaite and his family are ready to defy the council and fight on.
A letter sent from the family's lawyers to the council ahead of Monday night's meeting stated: “Our clients’ position is that they will take all legal action available to them in the event that you make a decision to acquire the site, including, if relevant, their right to issue proceedings to review the lawfulness of any decision or action taken by you.” beer777
Mr Crosthwaite may reportedly be a retired banker with a house thought to be worth £4m, but in Chelsea this is what supportive neighbours see as a David and Goliath battle – with the stubborn homeowner as potential “local hero”.
As one put it, referring to the initial £500m cost estimate of the stadium rebuild, “What’s 500m to a guy like Roman Abramovich? It’s a yacht isn’t it?”
When The Independent checked, it found that the cost of Mr Abramovich’s 533ft, double helipad, double swimming pool, anti-paparazzi-system yacht Eclipse was reported to be 500 dollars, not 500 pounds, but the neighbour, an artist, continued: “You do feel small. They have got an office full of people working on this. Their planning application was thousands of pages long.
“Facing that, as a layman, you are really up against it.”
“And in Nick’s case,” the neighbour added, “You are up against the wall – literally.”
The neighbour explained that a walkway outside the new stadium would go over a set of railway lines and be built right up to the edge of the Crosthwaite family home, at a height above the first floor windows.
In legal documents, it has been argued that this would be an unacceptable blight on the family home Mr Crosthwaite shares with his wife Lucinda, 59, an interior designer, and their children Rose, 25, and Louis, 23.
In one document Rose writes: “My family have lived [here] for over 50 years and it is my home.
“It is acknowledged in the application that the sunlight and daylight will be seriously affected to five of our windows, namely living/family rooms and bedrooms by the walkway. show more click here beer777
“It is deemed as having an unacceptable and harmful impact.”


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