High Court Battle battle to confront.
Tottenham Hotspurs’ £400m stadium redevelopment plan is under threat, as metal firm, Archway Sheet Metal Works, are preparing to challenge the move that would see them have to make way for the planned 56,000 capacity ground.
The firm are next to White Hart Lane, and happen to sit in the last patch of land that Spurs need in order to begin working on the new capacity stadium.
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However, according to the Daily Mail, Archway aren’t going to be moved without a fight, which could scupper Tottenham’s hopes of competing with Europe’s elite with an increased capacity stadium.
The metal company were issued a compulsory purchase order notice in 2012, but are arguing that the CPO is ‘unlawful’ and ‘invalid’, and will take the case to the High Court.
Last year the family-run business was at the receiving end of a suspected arson attack, and owner Josif extraordinarily claims that they have also since received bomb threats for not moving.
Archway claim that the new changes to the Lilywhites’ project make it significantly different to what was originally stated in the CPO.
The initial document noted Tottenham’s desire to redesign their ground and increase capacity by 5,000 – yet now there are other improvements desired – including 30,000 square feet for a gym and fitness centre, as well as 60,000 square feet for commercial development and a medical centre.
Tottenham, nonetheless, have planning permission for the project, and aim to be ready with the new stadium for 2018/19.