Torquay United Chairman, David Phillips, released a statement late last week providing fans with an update on the possible takeover of the Club and the redevelopment of Plainmoor or a new build stadium on an alternative site.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given final approval for the GBP£400m development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new White Hart Lane stadium.
The North London club’s revised plans will see a new 61,000-seater stadium – designed by world-renowned architecture firm, Populous – built on the site of their current home and features a retractable pitch to host not only football, but two American Football games a season. The stadium, which has a current capacity of 36,000, will also host other international sports events and concerts.
Tottenham’s ambitious plans also include new public space to host dedicated events programmes, a 180-bed hotel, sports and health centre and the Grade II listed Warmington House will be transformed into an interactive club museum. There will also be 585 new homes built on the site with a minimum of GBP£48.4m secured from the residential development towards the White Hart Lane stadium improvements.
Londoners will also benefit from a ‘sky walk’ attraction, which will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the south stand allowing views across the capital.
The improvements to White Hart Lane are at the epicentre of the Mayor’s ongoing regeneration of Tottenham. City Hall has invested GBP£28m from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and the London Enterprise Panel to regenerate the area, which includes investment to rejuvenate Tottenham High Road, to deliver new highways and parking improvements, upgrades to Tottenham Hale station and investment in employment and training support.
Haringey Council gave outline planning permission for the redevelopment plans in December and now the Mayor has given his seal of approval, which it’s hoped will now put the club on track to complete the works in time to move back into the stadium for the start of the 2018/19 season.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said:
White Hart Lane is already an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and the new venue will not only almost double its capacity, but provide world-class facilities to watch Premier League football, international sports events and concerts in the heart of the capital.
The stadium will also be the focal point of a major drive to regenerate Tottenham, breathing new life into the area, creating jobs and boosting growth.
Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, said:
This marks yet another major milestone for this vital and complex scheme and we are grateful to the Mayor for his ongoing support. We remain focused on completing the final stages of the planning process.
This new scheme carries enormous public benefits and will play a key role in kick-starting place change, bringing exceptional opportunities for the local community and wider stakeholders. We are proud to be part of this important step forward for an area that has been our home for more than 130 years and where we shall continue to live and play our part.
Haringey Council Leader, Claire Kober, said:
The redevelopment of White Hart Lane and our work to bring new jobs and homes to Tottenham will improve the quality of life for thousands of our residents.
The new stadium will put Haringey on the international stage with Premier League football and NFL games being broadcast around the world helping to attract further investment and significantly boosting business opportunities.
Image courtesy: Populous