By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Tottenham have obtained full consent for their £460 million plan to redevelop White Hart Lane, it was confirmed this afternoon.
As revealed by Goal.com UK earlier today, London mayor Boris Johnson has given the final seal of approval to the project after acting on the recommendation of his planning department when the application came before his attention at lunchtime.
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In a signed fax to Haringey Council, Johnson wrote: "Having now considered a report on this case, I do not wish to direct refusal or to take over the application for my own determination."
But, even though Spurs have cleared the final planning hurdle to redevelop their 111-year-old home – theoretically the plan can be referred to the Secretary of State but that is usually only reserved for central London applications – it will not put the brakes on their simultaneous proposal to move to the Olympic Stadium.
The north Londoners face competition from West Ham United to take over the tenancy of the 2012 venue, a move that has antagonised Tottenham MP David Lammy and many Spurs fans.
Goal.com UK revealed last month that the north London club have plans to completely demolish the 2012 stadium and take their redeveloped White Hart Lane blueprint to Stratford. They are also willing to fund a purpose-built athletics venue or redevelop Crystal Palace to fulfil the athletics legacy that is key to the winning tenant securing the site.
Director Sir Keith Mills revealed this week that Spurs “will put all our efforts” into moving to Stratford if they beat West Ham to the site because the cost of redeveloping White Hart Lane into a 56,250-seat stadium has risen so much since the project began two years ago that it does not make economic sense.
This angered Lammy, who accused Sir Keith of having “little regard for Spurs’ fans, history and identity” while a group of fans have formed We Are N17 to protest against the potential move to the Olympic Stadium.
The centre-point of the objections will be a mass protest march down Tottenham High Road ahead of the London derby against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Sunday, December 12.