Tottenham’s new international sports stadium approved
Exciting plans for a landmark new Spurs stadium hosting international sporting fixtures that will cement Tottenham’s reputation as one of London’s top leisure destinations and act as a catalyst for further regeneration have been approved by Haringey Council.
A modern 61,000-seater stadium, with an innovative retractable pitch that allows Premier League and American Football games to be played and broadcast globally from Haringey, was among proposals agreed by the council’s Planning Committee early this morning (Thursday, 17 December).
The new stadium will support the council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Tottenham, including more than 4,000 new homes, improved community facilities and better transport links in the neighbouring High Road West and Northumberland Park areas.
The development, which will replace the club’s current White Hart Lane home, will also see nearly 600 new homes, a 180-bed hotel and extreme sports centre – alongside a community health centre and spacious public square for local events.
The new, expanded plans include a larger stadium and wider range of facilities than in previous proposals approved by the council in 2011, and follow the club’s announcement of a ten-year agreement with the NFL to host at least two games a year from 2018.
Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said:
“We’re delighted to see these exciting plans approved which will support our long-term regeneration plans and write a new chapter in Spurs’ long and successful history in our borough.
“These proposals are about more than just a new stadium – they bring much-needed new jobs and a boost to the economy, with thousands more fans spending money in local businesses.
“Having Premier League football and NFL games being broadcast around the world from Haringey will help put our borough on the international stage and attract further investment in Tottenham.”
While some buildings will be demolished to ensure crowd safety, the Grade II listed Warmington House, on High Road, Tottenham, would be restored into an interactive club museum, while nine other listed buildings will also be restored.
Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, said:
"This marks yet another milestone in what has been a long and often difficult path. 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. We are very proud to be part of this important step forward for an area that has been our home for more than 130 years and where we shall continue to live and play our part."