Spurs £400m stadium agreement signed but schools and homes commitments dropped (From Haringey Independent)
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Tottenham Hotspur £400m stadium agreement signed but schools and homes commitments dropped
Spurs have abandoned commitments to build 100 affordable homes and spend £1.2million on school improvements as they signed a new planning agreement for their new stadium.
Amended planning proposals for the £400m Northumberland Development Project were unanimously approved by Haringey councillors at a meeting last night, after months of negotiations between the club, council, and Mayor of London’s office.
The original deal, signed with Haringey Council in 2010, included a £1.2m pledge to increase pupil capacity in Haringey and neighbouring Enfield, as well as a commitment that 50 per cent of homes built under the scheme would be affordable.
But those requirements have been deleted from the new document – officially called a section 106 agreement – with the remaining £15.5m cost of infrastructure and transport improvements passed to the council and the Mayor of London under an agreement reached last week.
Haringey Council will spend £9m on the regeneration scheme, while Boris Johnson has committed £18m – leaving Spurs with just £477,000 of planning commitments.
Club chairman Daniel Levy said he was “delighted” that the project had been approved and said he was grateful for the council’s support.
He added: “We welcome the public sector coming together to further regeneration in an area with such a real need.
“We are proud of our roots in Tottenham and we are committed to seeking to deliver a world class new stadium, associated developments and the ensuing benefits of employment opportunities, economic uplift and community gains.”
The council’s report argues the benefits of boosting jobs, transport, and business mean that the affordable housing commitment can be dropped because if “the scheme is not viable then no new homes will be built” at all.
It also says the proposals for the new homes to be one or two-bed flats mean that few children would live in them, meaning the school place funding can be scrapped.
The new regeneration scheme will see the 56,000-seater stadium surrounded by more than 280 new homes, a new square, public space including a podium for community events, and improvements to roads and public transport at White Hart Lane Station and Tottenham Hale Station.
Construction on a new supermarket and commercial space for businesses will begin in September and be built by 2014, while the stadium itself will be completed by 2016.
New homes will not be built until the current White Hart Lane stadium is demolished in 2016.
Councillor Alan Strickland, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We’ve been clear all along that Spurs’ plans and commitment to invest in north Tottenham have the potential to kick-start the wider regeneration of Tottenham.
“Following last summer’s riots, the need to transform Tottenham for the benefit of everyone who lives, works and studies in the area is stronger than ever.”
The agreement also gives permission for an “education college”. Last month, the Haringey Independent revealed that a group of parents and teachers campaigning to set up a sport-based free school in Tottenham has won the backing of prominent sponsor the Harris Federation, which runs 13 academies in south London.
The Academy of Entrepreneurial and Sporting Excellence, led by lawyer Stephanie Pinnock, could open to children aged between four and 19 by next September if the Department for Education approves the bid.