UK approves Tottenham Hotspur stadium development plan

13 July 2014 (Last Updated July 13th, 2014 18:30)

Ministers from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have approved the compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by the London Borough of Haringey, paving the way for the construction of a new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium in London.

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Ministers from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have approved the compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by the London Borough of Haringey, paving the way for the construction of a new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium in London.

Located next to White Hart Lane, the stadium will have the capacity for 58,000 spectators.

The agreement was made after public consultations and clears the way for phase two and three of the stadium's construction.

The redevelopment proposal came as the current stadium only has the seating capacity for 36,284 people, so an expansion has been much needed.

The redevelopment plan was also backed by local MPs, the London Mayor's champion for Tottenham and the chairman of the Independent Tottenham Taskforce.

"The new site will allow the club to increase its revenues and better compete against Europe's top clubs." 

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support."

With the agreement, more than 95% of the 3ha site has now been purchased and can be used for constructing the stadium.

The site was owned by metal works company, Archway Steel, which refused the club's offer of a new site and relocation money for parting with the area.

The council was left with no other option but to seek a CPO, so that the land between the stadium and White Hart Lane station could be cleared for construction.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was quoted by the BBC as saying that the new site will allow the club to increase its revenues and better compete against Europe's top clubs.

The first phase of the construction has already begun and the stadium is expected to be built by 2017.


Image: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club's new stadium will be located next to White Hart Lane in London. Photo: courtesy of Crown.