Few grounds to reject Tottenham’s new stadium plans

PUBLISHED: 15:58 30 September 2010 | UPDATED: 14:01 01 October 2010

TOTTENHAM will see its biggest transformation in living memory if ambitious plans to redevelop Tottenham Hotspur FC are given the green light this week.

After more than three years planning its rebirth on the site of the White Hart Lane stadium, the club will finally find out if Haringey Council will grant permission at a special planning committee meeting at the Civic Centre tonight (Thursday).

The 90-page report to the council recommends the panel be “minded to” grant permission, as long as the club commits to various schemes and works to improve the community.

These include providing affordable housing and using “greener” power, helping fund upgrade works at Tottenham Hale interchange and a £1.2million “education contribution” to Haringey.

The Premier League club went back to the drawing board after objections to its first set of plans, which would have led to several listed buildings beside the stadium in High Road, Tottenham, being demolished.

The current plans will save and refurbish most of them and have won the backing of conservationist groups English Heritage and the Tottenham Civic Society.

The club is keen to press ahead with its £350million scheme, dubbed the Northumberland Park Project, which could see the current ground replaced with a 56,250-seater stadium designed to be the “most atmospheric in Europe”.

Surrounding land would be used for a hotel, housing, supermarket, a new club museum, large public square and offices, plus a “Skybar” and roof garden on the supermarket.

Bernie Kingsley, chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, has called the planned stadium “an exceptional building of which all Spurs fans would be rightly proud”.

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