Tottenham Hotspur’s New Stadium Comes At The Cost Of Local North London Businesses

Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of building a new 58,000 capacity stadium in London have been given a major boost after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin.

The club has been clearing space around White Hart Lane for the past two years and this announcement means that Spurs can finally start work on the project.

Tottenham has stated that the club will be able to move into the new stadium by 2017.

A statement from Spurs’ website reads: “The Club is pleased to announce that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order made by Haringey Council in respect of the remaining land required for the Northumberland Development Project. This is a very significant step in the CPO process.”

Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy has previously stated,

“Our current 36,000 seater stadium sells out and the waiting list for season ticket holders is currently in excess of 47,000.

“We cannot stress strongly enough how critical the new stadium is over the long-term to these raised expectations.

“We have the smallest capacity stadium of any club in the top 20 clubs in Europe, let alone the current top four Premier League clubs, and given we now operate within UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, an increased capacity stadium and associated revenues is fundamental to supporting the future ambitions and consistent achievement at the top of the game.

“The new stadium is a landmark project, of importance not just for our club, but to the regeneration of an area which has been our home for more than 132 years and to London as a whole.”

The Haringey Council’s plans are for new shops, a Wembley-style walkway, flats and hotels to go with Spurs’ new stadium.

These developments will undoubtedly inject more money into the club, which in theory should help Tottenham stake more of a claim to the Premier League’s top four and European football in the years to come.

Spurs have already bolstered their squad with the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer. And following the conclusion of the 2013-14 Premier League season, Tottenham lured one of the brightest young managers in English football to north London, Mauricio Pochettino. So the immediate future looks bright for Spurs and their supporters.

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The downside to the stadium plans of development is the impact the new project will have on local lives and businesses.

Alan Strickland, a Haringey cabinet member for regeneration, commented on the council’s hopes in regards to the new plan’s effect on the residents living and working around White Hart Lane: “Our priority obviously is improving the lives and life chances of our local residents and improving a lot of our local businesses.”

But local residents, some of whom live above the businesses they own, will have to relocate because their property has been selected for demolition to make way for the proposed development plans.

Local businesses (both retail and industrial), some of which have been in existence for over 60 years, will be lost or relocated; all in the hopes that Tottenham Hotspur will be able to compete on a higher level of domestic and European football.

There is a saying that goes: “In order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something be destroyed.”

It appears that is the case in north London.

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12 thoughts on “Tottenham Hotspur’s New Stadium Comes At The Cost Of Local North London Businesses”

  1. this article is and headline is very misleading. the last paragraph is also simply wrong.

    this project is not going to cost the local business who has been served the cpo. they will move to already paid for bigger premises nearby and get above market value for their site – note their business does not depend on passing trade. they put up a fight in the hope of a major payday and rightly lost.

    the last paragraph or so of this article is a disgrace and borderline libellous; local lives will be improved and no businesses will be lost, only relocation – which they have all done willingly apart from the one who needed the cpo. ppl losing homes will get bigger/better homes nearby.

    this is not all being done just to help thfc but to regenerate the whole deprived area which actually local ppl massively support.

    Do your research properly next time before writing nonsense and frankly lies

    1. You’re a clown. Nothing wrong with stating a fact. Where did you get your law degree?

      I wonder how you would feel if you were one of the local shoppe owners who had to fight a money machine with the power of Spurs? You think you and your business would have a chance against them?

      These people didn’t ask to have their livelihood relocated. Spurs started the ball rolling and these people got run over.

      But that’s the price you have to pay for Champions League football. You have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.

      1. that’s my point, this article is riddled with non facts such as businesses will be lost which is simply not true and that the NDP or wider north Tottenham plans are solely for the benefit of thfc – the £1b investment earmarked for Tottenham is designed to help local residents in an area long ignored and with one of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK. there are also many vague comments implying this is some kind of underhand plot without the facts to back them up, so no there is something wrong with stating a ‘fact’ if it is simply untrue.

        Why would I need to fight the ‘money machine’ as you put it? all businesses are being relocated nearby – no need to fight. indeed 77 local businesses didn’t fight and accepted being relocated and compensated (that’s a fact btw) happy no doubt to play its part in the much overdue regeneration of an area in desperate need.

        two more facts for you; all homes set for demolition will have the residents of the homes relocated nearby in bigger/better homes. pls view the surveys and consultations undertaken by LBH in the Plan for Tottenham that show these ppl overwhelmingly support the plans so again no, there isn’t this rolling over of ppl that you claim.

        And lastly the one controversy is where the cpo was served. this business will move 500 yards away at a larger site and be paid market value plus move costs. his business does not depend on passing trade. he does not miss out at all but actually it could be argued he benefits.

        but hey with your logic ‘he didn’t ask to have their livelihood relocated’ – well he is currently located in the middle of the regeneration plans but how dare he be asked to move! are you honestly saying scrap the £1b investment which is desperately needed in an area devastated by riots and a sickening deprivation rate??

        this is a sensationalist article and your post is from a sensationalist individual, unable to present hard damning facts but instead making veiled vague allegations with no factual evidence at all.

        Please tell me what I have got wrong and if you cant I think that demonstrates there is only one clown here…

        1. Gurdip, did you get a chance to watch the accompanying video and listen to the residents who were interviewed? And do you work for the council or Tottenham Hotspur?

          1. Doesn’t seem to matter to the people who agree with Gurdip’s comment. First hand accounts from the residents mean nothing I guess. Smh.

            This happens all the time with stadium projects. Those homes and businesses may seem “unsightly”, but they are people’s livelihoods and where they’ve hung their hats for years.

            It’s easy for someone to discount those accounts. But like the previous commentor said, put yourself in those individuals shoes. How would you feel if you were asked to relocate after years of residence? I guess a payoff is worth giving up the home and business you’ve worked for.

          2. yes I saw that video many months a go because its very dated and plans have been refined and clarified since. those businesses had just been served initial outline plans back then and feared no contingency for them – present day and they will all be re-located at no cost to themselves. your second question is silly and childish – I work for neither and have little interest in football. I know what you are implying and it is deeply unfair. I have presented the facts of this case and backed them up. sorry if that contradicts the controversial stance the people such as kayjay wish to take, whilst holding little or no knowledge on the reality of this subject matter

          3. in response to richardhandle13 I have addressed all the points you have raised in my posts. pls read them again and if you feel unsatisfied please let me know and I will happily re-write the specific parts that address your misguided remarks in a new post, but I must say again to you now that no one is giving up their business. it is what I said is borderline libellous from this article as it is simply not true. no businesses will be lost.

    2. I respect your opinion but if you don’t care about Football, like you say, why are you even commenting on this site? I don’t go and comment on sites about things I have no interest in. In Internet parlance, that is calling trolling.
      It seems to me that you have an ulterior motive. Not all lives are improved when a business entity or the government takes away people’s property for some purpose, however benign. That is just not true.

  2. Would have been nice to put into context that Tottenham have needed ONE Compulsory purchase order… Arsenal needed 52 to build the Emirates.. and 76 for the Olympic site.

  3. “There is a saying that goes: “In order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something be destroyed.””
    Errr…what saying would that be? One you just made up?
    That aside…Gurdip is spot on. Your article does give the impression that the new stadium is being bulldozed (figuratively and literally) over local residents and businesses.
    I’m wondering if you’ve ever been here. (I live approximately a mile from the ground and work just a little further away.) The area is in desperate need of regeneration. Many of the buildings that have been and will be demolished were at best an eyesore. This last business was holding out for their own reasons – I wouldn’t want to imply that is was to get a bit more money…absolutely not. But the vast majority willingly sold. And as for the general resident population; I cannot think of a single one of my neighbours or work colleagues that aren’t for the scheme – whether they are football fans or not.
    Most people have been complaining about the delay in agreeing the CPO.
    But I guess “Most People Pretty Keen On Regeneration Plans” wouldn’t have cut it for your headline.

  4. Donna Cullen, executive director THFC, “I don’t think there’s anyone at Tottenham that doesn’t want to see regeneration. And unfortunately that does mean that there may be some relocations and some plans that require some people to relocate.”

  5. This article is very poorly though out and ill conceived. THFC as a club have been in the area for 130 years and at it’s current site for 125 of those years. The club has been more than fair with local residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity and 95% have taken the clubs offer and an opportunity to move home or their businesses which they wouldn’t otherwise have had. The newly developed brown field site a mile away, free of contamination, has been provided for business and new enterprises. A lot of these local business make a fortune on match days which has kept them sustained over the years. The club has not put them out of business and if the club were to relocate out of the area, many local businesses would cease to exist. I know because I was brought up in the area and my some of my family still reside there. The vast majority of residents cannot wait for the new stadium to be built, creating jobs for many. They are already benefitting from the newly opened Sainsburys mega store, the biggest in London if not the country. People who do not live or have never lived in the area shouldn’t cast aspersions on what they don’t know or listen to a few edited versions of a few disgruntled people who have their own selfish reasons for doing so. Archway sheetmetals is a prime example of selfishness. That company has been offered over and above the market rate for their site plus prime position at the brown filed site a mile away but they have been holding out for a lot more money, effectively trying to hold the club to ransom simply because they know how much it means to THFC to redevelop it’s stadium and they were the last obstacle for the club to overcome. Do any of you know that Archway is a stones throw from Arsenals Emirates stadium? Makes you think doesn’t it? THFC is a Giant of a club with a fantastic history. Right now this giant is sleeping but it will very soon awake from it’s slumber and a giant needs space. This new stadium will undoubtedly enable the club to compete at the very highest level and no one should stop it progressing. The waiting list for season tickets is enormous with many unable to go to matches. This has to change and change ASAP which the club is trying to do. Progress comes at a price and the club is paying that price but remember, they could just as easily relocate out of the area which was mooted at one point but by doing so, would the area thrive as a result of them leaving or would the area regress?

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