Planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on 31st March 2017 for the redevelopment of the current Chelsea Stadium for the works required to increase its capacity to house a crowd of 60,000. The permission was challenged by an application for judicial review largely based on alleged shortcomings in the treatment of air quality in the officer's report and the ES. In a ruling made on paper on 14 July 2017, Mrs Justice Andrews refused permission to proceed with the claim observing that having read the material in an holistic way none of the grounds had the slightest prospect of success. As a result she applied CPR54.12.7 ruling that the Claimant could not request that the decision be reconsidered at an oral hearing.
Mark Lowe QC and Jack Parker were instructed by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.