Spurs seek Lane funding help

Three years ago Spurs revealed a plan, called the Northumberland

Development Project (NDP), to redevelop their ground into a 60,000

seater stadium. Soaring costs meant the plan was shelved, with

chairman Daniel Levy insisting that the club would not be able to

afford to stay in the area even if they did not beat West Ham to

the rights to move into the Olympic Stadium. Despite the Hammers’

success, Spurs have not given up the fight and are disputing the

Olympic Park Legacy Company’s (OPLC) decision in court. That has

not stopped them looking at other alternatives, including the

possibility of reviving the NDP, which involves building a stadium

on the current site and its adjacent land. The majority of fans are

desperate for Spurs to stay in their north London borough of

Haringey, and the club have moved to reduce the cost of the NDP by

applying for public funds. Spurs have applied to the Regional

Growth Fund (RGF) for a grant that will help regenerate the area

around White Hart Lane, which is one of the poorest in the capital.

Levy said: “We are working hard to make the NDP scheme viable and

enable us to stay in Tottenham and redevelop our existing site.

“Public sector assistance for infrastructure and public realm works

would enable us to deliver the project and the RGF represents the

single most important route for funding. “Our hope must be that

there is a recognition of the real need for investment in the

Northumberland Park ward and that this project presents a real

opportunity to deliver sustainable long-term, private sector-led

regeneration.” It is hoped that the grant would help create jobs in

the local area and possibly fund an underground station near to

White Hart Lane. Tottenham MP David Lammy, who has long campaigned

to keep Spurs in Haringey, gave his support to the grant bid,

adding: “I support this bid by Tottenham Hotspur, which has the

opportunity to transform an entire community with the highest

unemployment in London. “The plan to redevelop White Hart Lane is

far and away the most exciting regeneration project in London after

the Olympics, and it is encouraging that it is private sector-led.

“This Regional Growth Fund proposal will benefit everyone in

Tottenham and I urge the government to agree to Spurs’ bid.”