Spurs all-clear to start stadium work as family firm decline appeal
17:50 13 March 2015
Tottenham Hotspur is free to plough ahead with work on its new 61,000-seater stadium from today, after the last family firm blocking construction work decided against further legal action.
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Archway Sheet Metals, in Paxton Road, had until today to lodge an appeal against an earlier ruling that a compulsory purchase order (CPO) of its factory was legal.
The news marks the end of more than a decade of negotiations and deals by Spurs with surrounding landowners to secure enough space to build its £400million stadium.
Archway Sheet Metals, owned by the Josif family, sits in the middle of where Spurs’ new pitch would be.
The family had refused offers to sell up from Spurs, and a “suspicious” fire ripped through the factory last November.
The firm had also received bomb threats as it challenged the CPO through the courts.
In a statement on Archway Sheet Metals’ Facebook page this afternoon, the Josif family said it was “very pleased” that the judge presiding over its appeal against the CPO had said they were “perfectly entitled to pursue these matters” and pointed out that he had “refused to make a costs order against us in respect of the council’s and the club’s costs in these proceedings”.
It added: “We have throughout sought to act reasonably and properly in the defence of our rights... 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.”
Spurs had hoped to open for the 2018/19 season. The club released a short statement today saying the next step will be to vest the land in Haringey Council’s ownership and agree compensation to Archway.
Haringey Council’s leader Claire Kober said: “We’re pleased at this huge step forward for the Northumberland Development Project, which will bring more than £400million of investment to Tottenham.
“A new Spurs stadium is a key part of our wider ambitions for the long-term regeneration of Tottenham, which will deliver thousands of new high-quality homes, job opportunities and better public transport links for the people of Haringey.”