Tottenham Hotspur stadium delay discussed in House of Commons
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Tottenham Stadium delay discussed in House of Commons
Tottenham MP David Lammy has confronted Planning Minister Nick Boles on his department's procrastination over a compulsory purchase order that continues to delay the development of the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
The Premier League side are waiting on a decision from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) before they can press ahead with their new 56,000-seat stadium.
The process for the CPO began back in 2012 but Lammy, the club and Haringey Council are becoming increasingly baffled as to why the department is taking so long to respond. Ideally, Spurs would like to be in their stadium in time for the 2017-18 football season.
In a bid to get to the bottom of the mystery, the Labour MP raised the subject at DCLG questions in the House of Commons this week.
Lammy asked Boles when he expected the Secretary of State (Eric Pickles) to reach a decision on whether Haringey Council will be issued with a Compulsory Purchase Order in relation to the site of 1-3 Paxton Road, London - the current home of Archway Sheet Metal Works.
Nick Boles replied: "This is a complex case. After the close of the inquiry there were matters in respect of which further views of the interested parties were sought and considered. This has delayed the decision in this case.
"We hope to issue the decision on this shortly. It is not appropriate to comment further as to do so may prejudice the Secretary of State’s decision."
Lammy later Tweeted: "Average time for Gov to issue a CPO is 11 weeks @SpursOfficial have been waiting 108 weeks - Is @EricPickles a Gooner?"
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