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Halo already slipping after new-look Wembley unveiled


THE NEW-LOOK Wembley Stadium will be framed within a halo-like arch, designers revealed this week.

It means that an earlier plan to use four skyscraping masts has been scrapped.

The 153 m-high arch was unveiled as the company that was set up to redevelop and operate the stadium - Wembley National Stadium (WNS) - submitted its planning application for the prestige £475 million development to Brent Council.

But WNS risks delaying the project by ignoring part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Under Section 106 of the Act the company is obliged to contribute towards upgrading the infrastructure that serves the stadium. Brent Council has previously put this figure at about £30 million.

WNS is adamant that it will not foot the bill. It said: 'WNS does not propose to make a contribution to new transport amenities.'

Stadium bosses have indicated that this is the responsibility of the government-appointed Wembley Task Force.

Brent Council said it would need about six months to consider the application. But insiders are disappointed by the developer's refusal to address Section 106, which it has known about since Brent issued its stadium planning brief in February 1998.