Well it looks like it’s going to be September 13th when we find out whether or not we can push ahead with new stadium plans to redevelop White Hart Lane. Why September 13th I hear you ask, well this is because it’s the date that has provisionally be set for the proposal to go before Haringey Council.
Before a decision will be made Tottenham have to submit details of a transport feasibility study or else the plans could be delayed even further after already being delayed for 18 months. Also plans need to be reviewed on the entrance to the stadium from Tottenham High Road.
The Premier League stepped in and submitted an amended stadium plan that still needs a bit of working on due to transport issues surrounding the building of a Sainsbury’s supermarket.Spurs are believed to have reached an agreement with Sainsbury’s – that is crucial to the funding of the project.
Spurs have received plenty of support from the public and the fans, the council had received numerous letters of support for Tottenham’s stadium plans, also a petition exceeding 15,000 signatures has been handed to the council.
Even if planning consents are granted, Spurs will have to overcome a number of other hurdles before building gets underway, including gaining the approval of statutory organisations such as the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State. The club must also raise the finance for building the ground. This would be done through sponsorship deals, mainly selling the naming rights to White Hart Lane. Daniel Levy is a very good business man so I am sure we are in good hands.
The capacity of the new stadium will be 56,250 and Spurs are hoping to start building next year and have the stadium ready for 2013-2014, the proposal is to build a new stadium to the north of their current site. Two-thirds of the new structure will be built around the current ground while matches continue, before games switch to a pitch in the new, unfinished stadium as work is completed. So during the building Tottenham can carry on playing their home games at the Lane.Follow @TrfficTottenham