Tottenham finally get green light for new stadium
Tottenham's long legal battle with the sole objector to their new stadium is over after the Archway Steel Company ended their fight with the Premier League club.
Even though Spurs had a compulsory purchase order to acquire the occupied by the steel company a few yards away from their current White Hart Lane home, Archway Steel refused to give up the fight to keep the company at their current location.
A series of court cases and a fire at the steel company provided a backdrop into an increasingly bitter battle until Archway released this statement on Friday afternoon:
Whilst we were disappointed and surprised by the judgment of Sir Ian Dove in dismissing our claim to the compulsory purchase order made by Haringey Council to support the stadium scheme of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, we have decided not to appeal against his decision.
We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis. Our efforts towards that end have been unsuccessful so far, but we will continue to try to achieve a proper settlement by agreement if that is possible.
Our other overriding objective is also to arrange for the relocation of our family business as quickly as possible and to preserve the jobs of those we employ. Our relocation will presumably also enable the Club to carry out their stadium development and enable them to achieve their commercial objectives.
Tottenham have already marked out the boundaries of the stadium they are hoping to build (above) next to their historic old home, with the move to a new arena now pencilled in for the start of the 2018-19 season.