WHITE HART LANE PLANS APPROVED

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club hopes of redeveloping White Hart Lane have received a massive boost after the Mayor of London approved plans.

Mayor Boris Johnson had the authority to turn over last month's decision by Haringey Council to grant planning permission for the 56,000-seater stadium.

However he decided to support the council meaning the £450m redevelopment of White Hart Lane will now go ahead unless the government decides to intervene.

The news will come as an interesting development considering Spurs also registered an interest in moving to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

As government intervention appears unlikely, the North London club must decide whether to press ahead with redeveloping White Hart Lane or follow the Olympic Stadium option.

Fellow Premier League West Ham United are also keen in becoming tenants at the venue in Stratford once the Games are completed at the end of summer 2012.

After giving Tottenham's plans his approval, Mayor Johnson wrote to Haringey Council, saying: "I am content to allow Haringey Council to determine the case itself, subject to any action that the Secretary of State may take, and do not therefore wish to direct refusal or to take over the application for my own determination."

Posted on 25/11/2010