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Tottenham stadium plans win council approval

Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to build a new stadium moved a step closer to reality last night when the Planning Committee of Haringey Council made a unanimous decision to approve the club’s application.

In what Haringey Council says will be “an overhaul of north Tottenham”, the Premier League club plans to redevelop White Hart Lane in a £400 million project, which will include  a 150-bedroom hotel, 200 homes and a large supermarket. The new stadium will have a capacity of more than 56,000.

Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s chairman, said: “Clearly we are delighted with this unanimous decision and are grateful to all those who expressed such clear support for the plans. I should stress that there is still much work to be done.”

The plans will now be referred to English Heritage, the mayor of London and the Secretary of State for a final decision.

Levy also revealed that Tottenham registered an interest in the Olympic Stadium site within the ahead of yesterday’s deadline, in conjunction with AEG (Europe), the entertainment and facilities management company.

“It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options for the Club,” he said. “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.”

London rivals West Ham United are thought to be in pole position to take on the Olympic Park site.  In July, vice-chairman Karren Brady said the club’s plans would involve a £180 million conversion project.