Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium plans in a pickle
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development
Tottenham Hotspur stadium move set for summer 2017 if Pickles says 'yes'
Tottenham Hotspur are becoming increasingly vexed with the time Eric Pickles is spending muddling over an important decision regarding the club's new stadium plans.
The Premier League side are waiting on a judgement from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) before they can press ahead with the development of their new 56,000-seat stadium.
Spurs are currently waiting for Communities Secretary Pickles to grant them a compulsory purchase order to buy up land currently occupied by firm Archway Sheet Metal Works.
The process for the CPO began in April 2013 but the club is becoming increasingly baffled as to why a decision is taking so long.
Ideally, Spurs would like to be in their stadium in time for the 2017-18 football season.
Haringey Council says its legal team has had little feedback from the DCLG as to when a decision can be expected.
The department continues to stress that the matter is still under consideration but won't give a timescale for a decision. The plan to move to a new stadium has been in the pipeline for six years.