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Spurs stadium moves step closer
Published : 01 Oct 2010 06:44:00
Tottenham's new stadium plans have been approved - but Spurs have also registered an interest in moving into Olympic Stadium after 2012. Spurs have also joined fellow Barclays Premier League club West Ham in expressing an interest in occupying the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the Olympic Games. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement issued this morning: "I can confirm we have registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site within the deadline of September 30, in conjunction with AEG (Europe), the world's largest entertainment and facilities management company. "It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options for the club. We were informed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company that were we not to register an interest at this time, there would not be an opportunity at any future date. "We have always maintained that we wouldn't undertake any project that could undermine the overall financial stability and future success of the club and this shall remain our guiding principle going forward and in determining our best option in the interests of the club and all its fans and stakeholders." Spurs' preferred option appears to be to build a new stadium closer to their current north London home at White Hart Lane, and Levy was delighted at the news that their application for what is called the Northumberland Development Project was approved by Haringey Council last night. "Clearly we are delighted with this unanimous decision and are grateful to all those who expressed such clear support for the plans," he said. "I should stress that there is still much work to be done. We shall continue to work with Haringey Council and the application will now be considered by the Mayor of London and referred to the Secretary of State. "We shall keep everyone connected with the club updated over the coming months as discussions continue with the various public sector bodies." Council leader Claire Kober said of Tottenham's favourted north London plan: "The Spurs development has the potential to make a huge impact, not just on the success of the football club, but also on the whole of Tottenham - delivering job opportunities, regenerating the area, and boosting the local economy. "We're proud of Spurs' rich history in Haringey and excited that the club has committed its future to the area. "We look forward to seeing the development unfold and are confident that it will deliver fantastic improvements to this part of the borough." A statement from the council said: "The plans will now be referred to English Heritage, the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for a final decision."