Tottenham received the go ahead for their new stadium when the Government agreed with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the Northumberland Development Project to proceed.
This is the news that Tottenham have been waiting for for almost two years as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, considered the matter.
With more than 95% of the site acquired by agreement for the new stadium, work has already begun on the first of 3 phases of the redevelopment plan. The order was requested to allow the final 2 phases to proceed and follows a public inquiry.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said,
This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support. The redevelopment proposals have had far reaching support from local MPs, the London Mayor’s champion for Tottenham and the chairman of the Independent Tottenham Taskforce. They all consider the project important for bringing much needed private investment into one of the most disadvantaged areas of London.
This is good news for Tottenham Hotspur who can now start on the next stage of the project, putting the construction work out to tender for the 56,000-seat stadium. According to reports the finance for the stadium has been in place for some time and it is thought the project will be completed for the start of season 2017-18.
To have the new stadium ready for the start of that season, Spurs will probably have to vacate their old White Hart Lane ground for one season and groundshare for the 2016-17 season.
During the delay waiting for the decision over the CPO, Tottenham have refined the detailed design of the stadium in order to ensure it is future-proofed and optimised.