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Tottenham refuses to commit to new stadium

Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur is refusing to commit to constructing a new football ground next to White Hart Lane, despite investing over £85M in the scheme.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said the club is in discussions with Haringay Council and the London Mayor’s office but said it would be “wholly irresponsible” to announce whether it was proceeding without the necessary agreements. Levy said decades of under-investment in the area — and more recently riots in the area — has seen land values fall, putting the scheme into doubt.

The club wants improved transportation links to the ground before going ahead with the build, but has already spent £60M in land acquisitions and a further £25M on the planning process.

The club received planning consent for its £400M scheme the Northumberland Development Programme (NDP) last week to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium next to its existing ground at White Hart Lane. However, the club also wants to move into the Olympic Stadium after next year’s Olympic Games as an alternative to the NDP scheme, and has forced a judicial review of rival football club West Ham United winning the tenancy.

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