OLYMPIC STADIUM JUDICIAL REVIEW REJECTED

The High Court has rejected bids by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient Football Club for a judicial review into the future of the Olympic Stadium.

The two London clubs were trying to block the Olympic Park Legacy Company's verdict that West Ham and Newham Council should be the future occupants of the £537m venue. But Mr Justice Davis rejected their application to seek a judicial review, yet both clubs could still make another legal challenge.

A Spurs statement said they would consider the options over the next few days. The statement on the club's website added: "The club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution."

It is a different story for the Olympic Park Legacy Company and West Ham United as the ongoing saga over the venue’s future has brought widespread speculation. An OPLC spokesman told BBC News: "We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the preferred bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the stadium's lease."

Recently relegated West Ham United was chosen as the future occupant and plans to reduce the stadium's capacity from 80,000 to 60,000 seats after the Olympics. It will stay as a multipurpose venue and retain the running track.

Posted on 23/06/2011