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Spurs secures approval for capacity increase & phase 3 stadium complex plan

The north London club’s new home will be able to welcome yet more fans inside when supporters are able to return to football matches, reported Football London this week, with the Council having approved another capacity increase, as well as the exciting ‘phase three’ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium complex plan.

Another capacity increase to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been approved by Haringey Council. While fans cannot currently attend matches at sporting stadia across the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions, that has not stopped the English Premier League side from planning for the future and fans long anticipated return.

Spurs’ latest application will see capacity increase at the already sizeable stadium by 547 seats, pushing it up from 62,303 to 62,850. Tottenham has the second-biggest stadium capacity in the Premier League with only Manchester United’s Old Trafford boasting a larger capacity of 74,140.

According to Haringey Council documents, Spurs’ newly approved 62,850 capacity, is “the total amount that they can achieve without significant alterations to the stadium”. 

Phase Three

Just days after this announcement, Tottenham Hotspur secured approval to transform an area of land as part of ‘phase three’ of their £1.2bn stadium complex. The council’s planning sub committee granted approval, on the recommendation of their planning department, for the ‘Northumberland Terrace’ – the third phase of the club’s stadium complex masterplan.

The work will transform the space behind the High Road to the north west of the stadium, in the area between the club’s Lilywhite House offices, Sainsbury’s and the road.

When it comes to the new northern end, plans had been reconsidered and a major application made to Haringey Council back in July. Tottenham own the terrace of listed buildings from 790 to 814 in that area of the High Road and the car park behind them.

While the major application was approved, a second planning application from Spurs, for the demolition of number 807 on the High Road, which is not a listed building but falls within the conservation era, and its replacement with a new mixed use building, including nine flats, was refused permission despite the planning officer’s recommendation to grant it.

However, the new cultural area was approved and that new transformed land will include new commercial office space ‘catering for use by the creative industry’ and ground floor retail units.

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Increased capacity

Spurs confirmed to the Council this is the final application for a non-material amendment seeking an increase to the seating capacity of the ground. The additional seats will be located across lower, mid and upper tiers and in the huge south stand. 

The report explains that “the additional seats will be accommodated through minor modifications to the south west and south east tunnels, the insertion of seats in areas such as the lateral gangway in front of the media tribune, through reconfigured access points and the introduction of some demountable terracing to allow greater flexibility between wheelchair platform and standard seating configurations”.

All of this means that when fans are finally allowed back into UK sports stadia, even more will be able to enjoy the spoils of Spurs’ hard work and aspirations.

Source: Football.London

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