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Populous submits plans for Spurs mega-stadium

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Populous has submitted its long-awaited proposals for the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium

The application revises previously approved proposals and includes new features, such as a retractable pitch, which will allow the north London club to host American football matches at the ground.

The hybrid application includes detailed plans by Populous for a new stadium, hotel and a multi-use building comprising the club megastore, museum, cinema and café.

A planning statement submitted with the application said: ‘During this significant delay in securing these [earlier] approvals, the regeneration context has changed considerably and so too has the club’s own requirements and needs of the stadium and associated development, as well as the technical requirements and specifications demanded for world class stadia.’

Allies and Morrison has drawn up a design code for the development of 585 new homes next to the stadium, which have been submitted for outline planning.

The design code establishes rules on external appearance and internal layout that will need to be followed when any detailed designs are submitted.

The new stadium, described as ‘asymmetrical’, will have a capacity of 61,000 spectators, and a fully retractable pitch to allow NFL matches, along with concerts and other sport and community events.

The design also incorporates ‘a high quality and innovative appearance, with a sculptured mesh wrapping and folding its way around the stadium before reaching the home end, where a glass façade arches upwards to reveal the single tier home stand’, according to the planning documents.

It will also include a prominent stadium ‘front door’ onto Tottenham High Road, and a 40m high ‘sky walk’ along the south stand, allowing visitors views across London.

Warmington House, a statutorily listed building built in 1828, would be retained as part of museum space, but three other buildings which are on Haringey Council’s local list are planned for demolition to allow better spectator access.

The planning statement said that although these demolitions would affect the North Tottenham Conservation area, the harm would be ‘substantially outweighed by wider public benefits delivered by the development’.

The proposed hotel would have 180 bedrooms and 49 serviced apartments.

Donald Insall Associates also worked on the plans as heritage architects and advisors.

Haringey said it hopes to decide on the plans at a committee in December.

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