Tottenham Hotspur’s planned new stadium has taken a major step forward after the government approved a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support.”
Spurs has already acquired more than 95% of the three-hectare site for the Northumberland Development Project, which is alongside their existing White Hart Lane stadium.
Work has already begun on the first of the three phases of the scheme, a retail development. This CPO will allow the final two phases to go ahead.
The club aims to open the 58,000-capacity new stadium in 2017.
A statement from Tottenham Hotspur described the decision as a “very significant step”.
It said: “The Club is pleased to announce that the Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order made by Haringey Council in respect of the remaining land required for the Northumberland Development Project.”