Haringey Council passes Tottenham's revised stadium plans
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 17/12/15 3:56pm
Tottenham's revised proposal to build London's biggest club stadium have been passed by Haringey Council.
A lengthy council meeting on Wednesday drifted into the early hours of Thursday morning, but the vote went 8-2 in favour of Tottenham and their chairman Daniel Levy.
The 61,080-seater stadium, which will be built adjacent to the club's current home at White Hart Lane, will cost £400m and is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 season.
There is a also a provision for NFL games to be played at the new stadium using a retractable pitch, while 600 flats, a museum, medical centre and numerous shops and restaurants will be built as part of a £675m-£700m development.
The plans must be formally approved by London's Mayor Boris Johnson, but he has previously stated his enthusiasm for the project and passed the club's previous plans.
Chairman Levy said: "This marks yet another milestone in what has been a long and often difficult path.
"We are grateful to all those who expressed their support for the scheme. It is crucial that we now clear the final steps in the legal process. The application is due to be considered by the Mayor early next week.
"As we made clear at the start of last night's proceedings, the originally consented scheme is no longer feasible for a variety of reasons.
"This new scheme carries enormous public benefits and will play a key role in kick-starting place change, bringing exceptional opportunities for the local community and wider stakeholders.
"We are very proud to be part of this important step forward for an area that has been our home for more than 130 years and where we shall continue to live and play our part."
Tottenham have forecast a completion date of August 2018, with next season expected to be their last final at White Hart Lane, so they will need a temporary home while their new stadium is being constructed.
The club have submitted a proposal to Wembley Stadium, but they face competition from rivals Chelsea, who also want to use the national stadium while they develop their current home at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs are prepared to share Wembley with Chelsea, and a decision now rests with the Wembley National Stadium Ltd.