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11 Jul 2019

Tottenham Hotspur win planning appeal for another major construction near to new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur win planning appeal for another major construction near to new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium complex will not be the only major construction the club are contributing to the local area in the coming years after they won a planning appeal.

Spurs have already built much of the '1bn stadium complex, which includes the club's Lilywhite House offices, Sainsburys superstore, car park, the'new 62,062-seater stadium'itself as well as a hotel and homes to come.

However, they also put in an application in December 2017 for the site known as 'The Goods Yard', which is in White Hart Lane, which had been used for gravel and material storage resulting from the construction of the'new stadium.

The club plan to transform it into 330 new homes, with 35% of them affordable homes, along with new retail and office space and a public space backing on to the street.

Spurs lodged their appeal "against a failure [of Haringey Council] to give notice within the prescribed period of a decision on an application for hybrid planning permission".

After it was lodged, the council revealed that it would have refused the application, partly due to the lack of a Section 106 agreement, which is a legal agreement between an applicant and the local planning authority to mitigate the impact of a construction on the local community and infrastructure.

However, the two parties later agreed on the Section 106 agreement, with the council's only objection remaining about access to the site from White Hart Lane.

The appeal was allowed though and the inspector Robert Mellor stated in his report: "My overall conclusion on the proposal is firstly that there would be some less than substantial harm to the setting and significance of heritage assets in relation to the bulk, scale, and massing of the proposed development and especially the height of the towers.

"There should also be some benefits to the appearance, but not the historic character, of the White Hart Lane frontage within the Conservation Area and adjacent to listed and undesignated heritage assets there.

"That harm would contravene some development plan policies, but I here attach greater weight as another material consideration to the application of the public benefits test in the up-to-date National Planning Policy Framework; which benefits here outweigh the less than substantial harm to the significance of the heritage assets.

"The proposal is otherwise in overall accordance with the development plan and the appeal should therefore be allowed and a hybrid planning permission granted subject to conditions.

A spokesperson for Spurs added: "This decision enables the club to continue what it has been doing for many years, which alongside its investment in the new stadium, is to continue the uplift of the area and the delivery of affordable housing for local people.

"We have already delivered schemes such as Berland Court (100% affordable), Cannon Road (100% affordable) and 500 White Hart Lane (25% affordable)."

With Tottenham's new stadium having already transformed the look of the High Street, they will be hoping the new housing, retail and office complex continues their attempts to benefit the local community and gives a new look to White Hart Lane.

Source: Football.London

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