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Tottenham Hotspur prepare for September 13 D-day over new White Hart Lane plans


By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Tottenham Hotspur are set to find out on September 13 if their £400 million plan to redevelop White Hart Lane will get the green-light from Haringey Council, UK can reveal.

The second Monday in September has been provisionally earmarked for the scheme to go before the Council’s planning committee.

However Spurs, who have been in discussions with the council for the past 18 months, must first submit the details of a transport feasibility study within the next 10 days or risk the plan being delayed even further.

The Premier League club submitted a re-worked plan to the council in May, but it is still being amended because of transport issues relating to the building of the supermarket – Spurs are believed to have reached an agreement with Sainsbury’s - that is crucial to the funding of the project.

There are also remaining details to be sorted out over plans for the stadium’s entrance from Tottenham High Road.

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Yet Tottenham will be encouraged that there is a groundswell of support for the project, not only among supporters, but local residents too.

The council has received 299 letters in support of the re-worked scheme from groups and individuals and a mere seven letters of objection.

Furthermore, there are 15,578 signatories to a petition backing the proposal. The first application had 45 letters of objection but more of those related to English Heritage concerns, which the club are confident have been addressed.

Even if planning consents are granted, Spurs will have to overcome a number of other hurdles before building gets underway, including gaining the approval of statutory organisations such as the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State. The club must also raise the finance for building the ground.

Nevertheless, the club hope to start building work on the 56,250-seat venue next year and have the new ‘silver ring’ stadium ready by the 2013-14 season.

Club officials believe they have outgrown their current home, which can hold 36,214 fans. They have another 23,000 on the waiting list for season tickets.

Spurs’ proposal is to build a new stadium to the north of their current site. Two-thirds of the new structure will be built around the current ground while matches continue, before games switch to a pitch in the new, unfinished stadium as work is completed.

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