Tottenham's £400m stadium faces planning officers
Published 14:05 13/09/10 By Chris Bloor
Tottenham's £400m redevelopment of White Hart Lane faces a major hurdle this week.
According to Goal.com, the project will be set out before Haringey Council's planning committee for approval on September 30.
White Hart Lane can currently hold 36,214 people, but with a waiting list for season tickets of over 20,000, Spurs feel they have outgrown their home.
The club have been in discussions with the local Council for around 18 months, and had to submit a re-worked plan back in May.
English Heritage - a body who aim to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment - had concerns that needed to be addressed, and further amendments were required concerning the building of a supermarket.
The latter - thought to be with Sainsburys - is key to the development, because it is built into the budgetary plan for the funding of the entire scheme.
However, Spurs fans shouldn't get ahead of themselves.
Beyond this stage, there are other potential stumbling blocks, such as needing the approval of the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State.
Additionally, and despite the supposed link-up with Sainsburys, the required investment is massive, and the finance will have to be raised.
The plans call for the current ground to effectively be swallowed-up by the new stadium.
Around two-thirds of the new ground will be erected around the current site while Tottenham continue to play as they are. After this, games will switch to the new site as the unfinished section is complete.
The capacity should be increased to a whopping 56,250, putting Spurs third in the Premier League in terms of ground size, behind only Manchester United and Arsenal.