Tottenham Hotspur Football Club appears to have shelved plans to move away after making a joint pledge with Haringey Council for a major regeneration of North Tottenham.
Spurs has reconfirmed its intention to stay in the area which has been at the heart of its history for more than 130 years and the club and council will work together to rejuvenate the area – seeking to deliver an iconic, new 56,000-seater stadium and a host of local improvements next door to its current White Hart Lane home.
Subject to Cabinet approval, Haringey Council will invest £9 million towards new and improved public spaces, heritage work and environmental improvements in North Tottenham. In addition, the Mayor of London has committed £18 million to the regeneration of North Tottenham, £6 million of which will be invested via the council in highways and parking improvements and a district-wide heating and power scheme. The rest of the Mayor’s investment will focus on public transport and infrastructure improvements.
Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, said: "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 kick-start the long-term regeneration of North Tottenham."
The Northumberland Development Project (NDP) will bring a state-of-the-art football stadium, new homes, shops and leisure facilities to Tottenham and represent an investment of hundreds of millions of pounds whilst also leveraging in further private sector monies.
Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said: "We have said all along that we are eager to support Spurs in their efforts to stay in Tottenham. They’re a great club, with a great history in a great area which really wants them to stay."
The plans are subject to consultation with local residents and businesses but also must be approved by Government.
Posted on 01/02/2012