Tottenham Hotspur to press ahead with stadium plans

Enfield Independent: The stadium could be built by 2017 The stadium could be built by 2017

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club can press ahead with plans to build a new stadium after a protracted Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was finally pushed through.

The White Hart Lane club this evening reported the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) confirmed the CPO made by Haringey Council in respect of the remaining land required for the Northumberland Development Project has been approved.

The club released a statement saying: "This is a very significant step in the CPO process.

"The club has used the intervening period productively and has refined detailed design of the stadium in order to ensure it is future-proofed and optimised.

"We shall provide our supporters with a further update and timeline on the Northumberland Development Project as soon as we are able to do so."

Last month the Haringey Independent reported that Tottenham MP David Lammy had accused the Government of taking “too long” to make a decision crucial to the Spurs stadium development.

In response to a written question from Mr Lammy in Parliament on Monday, the Department of Communities and Local Government revealed the average length of time for a decision to be reached on whether to grant councils permission to issue a CPO is ten to 11 weeks.

Haringey Council applied to the department for the CPO in September 2012.

Mr Lammy said: “This decision has now gone on for too long, and we can see from these answers, how much longer this CPO is taking compared to most applications.

“Secretary of State Eric Pickles has said he will be reaching a decision shortly. If he does not, I will raise this issue with the Prime Minister directly.”

In the Department for Communities and Local Government's response, Nick Boles MP, parliamentary under-secretary for planning, said the case was “complex”, and that further views of interested parties had been sought.

He added: “We hope to issue the decision on this shortly. It is not appropriate to comment further as to do so may prejudice the Secretary of State’s decision.”

 

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