GOVERNMENT CONCERNS HALT NEW STADIUM PLANS FOR SPURS

Concerns over Tottenham Hotspurs's new stadium plans have been issued by the  government's architectural watchdog as they have decided not to fully support the Premier League club's plans which were submitted by the Northumberland Development Project.

Proposals within the project plan have been criticised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) which may have an impact on planning permission.

The report by Cabe has concerns over the proposed plans for a public square, supermarket and housing within the grounds of the new 56,250 all-seater stadium build.

The design reviewer at Cabe said: "For these reasons, although we support the design of the stadium, regrettably we cannot support the planning application as a whole.

"We are concerned that an overall master plan for the site is not evident: the three components – the stadium, supermarket, and housing – feel like very separate projects without convincing spatial relationships between them."

The plans from the Premier League club were submitted back in October of last year and are hoping that this new report will not stand in the way of the new stadium being built which is also on the list as a potential venue for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 if England were to be successful with their bid.

Posted on 26/01/2010