West Ham have been granted permission to redevelop the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

After a special meeting on Tuesday night, the club can begin to commence plans that will see developments to upgrade the Stadium to a 54,000 seated stadium.

Speaking to West Ham's official website, Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady said: "This is another key milestone on our journey to Stratford and my Board and I are delighted with the decision.

"We always knew that the innovative plans for the Olympic Stadium could create a globally-recognised football stadium and we were confident that planning permission would be granted to allow the conversion work to begin."

The application now has to be referred to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, before plans to start the transformation later this year can start.

East London side Leyton Orient were originally contenders to be housed at the Olympic Stadium, but that fell through last month when a judicial review into the tenancy of the Stadium was rejected by a court.

The transformation will see the Stadium become a UEFA category 4 ground, the highest possible category.

Additionally, the planned 54,000 seats would be retractable to enable fans to get closer to the pitch while there will also be a transparent roof.

There are also plans for a new building at the Stadium to house the West Ham ticket office and the new club shop.


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