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Spurs fight back after winning approval for new training faciltity at second attempt

Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to build a new training centre for the football club in Enfield are back on track, after revised proposals were finally approved by the local council last week.

SS Design Group’s original scheme for a £30 million facility on green-belt land at Bull’s Cross was controversially rejected by Enfield Council’s planning committee in September 2006.

At the time, the chair of the committee Martin Prescott admitted his fellow councillors had ‘thrown out the rule book’ by knocking back the development – which had approval from both the council’s own officers and London Mayor Ken Livingstone - arguing the north London plot was an ‘unsuitable site’ for the training centre.

The football club subsequently lodged an appeal but, while the hearing was pending, bought the Whitewebbs Sports Club on the site.

New plans were drawn up to flatten, instead of retain, the old clubhouse meaning the proposed two-storey centre would become the only major building on the Greenfield plot. A revised application was submitted in August.

Covering 67 acres, the project will provide 11 outdoor pitches, a learning centre for Spur’s youth academy, an indoor pitch and a media centre.
The approved plans will now be referred to the Mayor of London and the Government Office for London.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘This decision means that we are one step closer to building a state of the art facility which will enable us to attract, retain and train world class talent.
‘The community package that will accompany this facility will additionally deliver great benefits for the people of Enfield.

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