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Tottenham's new stadium plans dealt another blow

Fri 23rd Jul 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Tottenham Hotspur’s ambitious plans to deliver a £400m stadium for the 2013-14 season appear to be fading according to a report in the Guardian. The newspaper reports that Haringey borough's police commander and national heritage groups have raised doubts about the club's most recent plans.

Haringey's acting borough commander, Superintendent Chris Barclay, has written a six-page letter to planners stressing the need for a design that keeps in mind the risk of "conflict" between rival fans. In it he underlines certain "challenges and issues" that could prevent the stadium receiving its security certification.

A spokes person for Tottenham said; "We agree on the issues they have raised and we will enshrine them in the Section 106 [planning agreement]."

Concerns over plans for the stadium's entrance from Tottenham High Road have been raised by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. "We are working through these issues with English Heritage and Cabe," a Spurs spokeswoman said, adding that revised outline designs have met a favourable reaction from both heritage groups.

But with the council's planning committee due to discuss the application in the next two months, Spurs must work fast. Even if planning consents are granted by the end of September, Tottenham must raise the finance for building the ground. A mixture of sponsorship, equity investment, land deals and debt will be used.

However, in comparison and in a far more favourable economic climate, it took Arsenal took 30 months to raise the cash to build the Emirates Stadium and roughly the same to construct it. On a similar timescale, it would be 2015 before the new ground opens; significant slippage to that timetable could threaten England 2018's promise for it to be a World Cup venue.

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