Tottenham’s Stadium Plans Approved

Tottenham Hotspur have had revised plans for a new stadium approved by Haringey Council, it has emerged.

After a protracted council meeting on Wednesday evening, the decision went in favour of Tottenham and their chairman Daniel Levy by eight votes to two.

Spurs now plan to build and complete their new 61,080-seater stadium in time for the start of the 2018-2019 season, making it the biggest club ground in London in the process.

There has also been provisional plans put in place for the new stadium to host NFL matches, incorporating a retractable pitch, whilst construction of the arena itself is expected to boost the local economy, with 600 flats, a museum, medical centre and numerous shops and restaurants being built as part of a £675m-£700m development.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson must first formally approve the plans, but he has previously been enthusiastic of the idea and even passed plans for Tottenham’s previous design, which was ultimately rejected by the council.

“This marks yet another milestone in what has been a long and often difficult path.” Said chairman Daniel Levy.

“We are grateful to all those who expressed their support for the scheme. It is crucial that we now clear the final steps in the legal process. The application is due to be considered by the Mayor early next week.

“As we made clear at the start of last night’s proceedings, the originally consented scheme is no longer feasible for a variety of reasons.

“This new scheme carries enormous public benefits and will play a key role in kick-starting place change, bringing exceptional opportunities for the local community and wider stakeholders.”

With a completion date of late 2018, and next season set to be the last in their current home, Spurs will need to find a temporary venue to play matches whilst their new stadium is completed.

The club have submitted a proposal to Wembley Stadium, but they face competition from rivals Chelsea, who also want to use the national stadium while they develop their current home at Stamford Bridge.