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Spurs stadium regeneration plan condemned

A planning application for the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium and surrounding area has been criticised by the Government’s design watchdog.

Although the proposed design of the new stadium was praised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, plans for the surrounding area were less well received.

Cabe’s design review panel criticised the “basic box form” of the supermarket and the amount of housing proposed for the site, and said the various components of the Northumberland Development Project fail to form a coherent whole.

Cabe said: “We are concerned that an overall masterplan for the site is not evident. The three components - the stadium, supermarket and housing - feel like very separate projects without convincing spatial relationships between them.”

The panel said previous concerns about the project had gone unresolved and said the proposed public areas around the stadium feel like “left-over space”, rather than actively designed public realm.

Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects, the firm that drew up the plans, said: “Our role is to weigh up all the various views and we believe we have produced the right scheme.”