Spurs hit new stadium setback

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Tottenham have been forced to announce they are ‘highly unlikely’ to move into their proposed new stadium at Northumberland Park in 2017.
The club must appear at the high court after the last remaining landowner, Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd, owned by the Josif Family, exercised their right to appeal against a Compulsory Purchasing Order.
Spurs had announced earlier this year their intention to move into a new 56,000-seater ground, adjacent to White Hart Lane, for the start of the 2017-18 season, and the Secretary of State confirmed the CPO.
But, despite helping to relocate more than 70 businesses, Tottenham have faced staunch resistance from the Josif family since the plans were announced seven years ago and they must also seek an alternative stadium for a single season – which could be anywhere within the south-east.
A statement released on Tottenham’s official website read: “Given the lengthy period of time taken to reach the CPO decision in the first place, we should like to advise supporters that it is highly unlikely we shall be able to open the new stadium at the start of the 2017/2018 season.
“The club has revised its construction programme in order to take the shortest possible time to construct.
“This now, therefore, involves the club moving away from the Lane during construction for a period of one season, to start at the beginning of a season in order to comply with Premier League rules.
“Clearly all possible options have pros and cons and we are aware that we shall not be able to find one which will please all parties.
“We shall however seek to find the optimum solution for the club and our supporters and we shall be sharing our deliberations with our supporters at an appropriate time.”

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