Spurs close in on new sta­dium


TOT­TEN­HAM have moved one step closer to a new sta­dium af­ter reach­ing a new fund­ing agree­ment with London Mayor Boris John­son and Haringey Coun­cil.

Tot­ten­ham scrapped their plan to chal­lenge West Ham to be­come the tenants of the new Olympic Sta­dium in Strat­ford and have in­stead com­mit­ted them­selves to their orig­i­nal plan to build a new 56,00-seater sta­dium – known as the Northum­ber­land De­vel­op­ment Project – next to White Hart Lane.

Spurs had ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems in get­ting fund­ing from the Mayor’s of­fice and the lo­cal coun­cil to re­gen­er­ate the area around the pro­posed new sta­dium.

But that ob­sta­cle has been over­come with the an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day of a £27m sup­port project.

Haringey Coun­cil will in­vest £9m to­wards new and im­proved public spa­ces around the sta­dium, while John­son has com­mit­ted £18m to the re­gen­er­a­tion of north Tot­ten­ham.

Spurs chair­man Daniel Levy said in a state­ment: “As a ma­jor em­ployer and busi­ness in the area we are de­lighted with this com­mit­ment from the Mayor and the coun­cil.


“We have long said we could only in­vest in the area if we could see our com­mit­ment sup­ported by oth­ers and that there was a real need to max­imise the re­gen­er­a­tion ben­e­fits and lift the wider area.

“We there­fore see this as a com­mit­ment from the public sec­tor to the Tot­ten­ham area and one which strength­ens our abil­ity to de­liver a new sta­dium scheme with the po­ten­tial to kick­start the long-term re­gen­er­a­tion of north Tot­ten­ham.”

Haringey Coun­cil leader Claire Kober said: “We’ve said all along that we are ea­ger to sup­port the club in their ef­forts to stay in Tot­ten­ham.

“They are a great club with a great his­tory in a great area which re­ally wants them to stay.”

Around £3.5m of the mayor’s £18m sup­port pack­age will be spent on up­grad­ing parts of nearby Tot­ten­ham Hale sta­tion.

Tot­ten­ham MP David Lammy, who has cam­paigned for the club to go ahead with the NDP, wel­comed the move.

“This is ex­cel­lent news for Tot­ten­ham and for the foot­ball club,” he said.

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