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

After a meeting, the club can begin to commence plans that will see developments to upgrade their future home in Stratford to a 54,000-seater stadium.

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 can start later this year.

The work will see the venue 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 along with a new building at the stadium to house the West Ham ticket office and the new club shop.

Posted on 29/05/2013