Tottenham secure Mayor’s backing for White Hart Lane redevelopment
Boris Johnson has approved Spurs’ plans to build a new stadium on the site of their current ground in North London - even though the club is pressing on with it’s bid to take over the Olympic stadium
The Mayor of London had the power to overturn Haringey Council’s decision to give the development planning permission last month. However Johnson yesterday wrote to the council to confirm that he would not overrule their decision.
The Council has also, in principle, approved a future Compulsory Purchase Order that will allow Tottenham Hotspur FC to buy land and property needed to proceed with the £450million project.
Barring intervention from the government or English Heritage, the club is free to start work on their KSS and Make-designed plans for a 56,000-seat stadium and regeneration scheme.
Tottenham must now decide whether to press ahead with their approved redevelopment plans, or continue with their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium, in which KSS Architects are also involved.
They are competing with West Ham to occupy the 2012 Olympic centerpiece, and despite now receiving the green light for their own scheme, it has emerged that moving to the Olympic stadium could be the preferred choice of the club’s hierarchy.
Keith Mills, a director at Tottenham and board member of the London Olympic Committee of the Olympic Games has said, ‘If the Olympic Park Legacy Company decides our bid is the preferred one, then we’ll put all our efforts behind trying to move there.’
MP for Tottenham, David Lammy has spoken out against the club’s bid to relocate to Stratford.
Following a meeting with club chairman Daniel Levy last week, he posted on his Twitter: ‘Devastated - Levy is serious about moving… Decision based on what is cheaper - putting profit line before history, fans and community.’
In return, Levy released a lengthily statement, in which he expressed anger at the lack of public funding for the club’s proposed stadium - a revenue source made available to both Wembley and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
He said, ‘This is a development with the potential to kickstart regeneration in one of the most deprived boroughs in London, where land values are poor and yet no regeneration monies are available to it.’
The possibility of relocating to Stratford has angered supporters who have set up a website against the plans, and are planning mass protests at upcoming home fixtures.