Spurs judicial review bid over Olympic Stadium rejected by judge

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SPURS bosses have failed in their legal challenge to stop West Ham taking over the Olympic Stadium next year.

Lingering hopes of reversing the decision to award the Championship club the Stratford venue following next year's games appear to have been extinguished after a High Court judge yesterday dismissed a judicial review bid from Spurs.

The club signalled its intentions to seek judicial review last month, after its Olympic Stadium bid was overlooked by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

The legal review would have challenged the overall decision to favour West Ham, which was ratified by government ministers and the Mayor of London, and also over the loan of up to £40m offered by Newham Council to help the bid.

But Judge Mr Justice Davis said there are no grounds for a judicial review and also dismissed a legal challenge to the decision from Leyton Orient.

The club, in a statement, said it “now has the option of renewing its application at an oral hearing at the High Court and we shall give consideration to this in the next few days.

“As previously reported, the club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution.”

The Olympic Stadium bid from Spurs came after the club decided its plans for a new 56,000-seater stadium in Northumberland Park would prove to be too expensive.

Tottenham wanted to rip out the running track at the Stratford stadium, while West Ham pledged to retain athletics at the venue.

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