Spurs events nod come with community riders


Permission granted to host more non-football games at Tottenham Stadium Image: Coliseum GSVA

Councilor Sarah Williams, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Private Renters and Planning, has issued a statement on the future events taking place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England (UK).

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in North London (UK), replacing the club’s previous ground, the now demolished 36,284-capacity White Hart Lane. With a seating capacity of 62,850, it is the third largest football stadium in England and the largest club ground in London.

The Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as simply Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club based in Tottenham, London, England (UK). It competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Andy O’Sullivan, Venue Director, Tottenham Hotspur FC, UK, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

‘Haringey LONDON’ stated that the statement sent out by Councilor Williams read, “Welcoming global superstars attracts thousands of music fans and brings benefits to our local communities, but there are also impacts on our residents that need to be considered too. We have been clear the planning process must be followed and that we will advise and work with the football club to resolve any issues. In April, the Council received a new planning application from Tottenham Hotspur regarding the type of major events at the stadium. Encouraged by us, Tottenham undertook community engagement including meetings with residents and businesses. The Council has also received a number of comments from the local people. Having carefully considered all representations, as well as assessing the application in accordance with the planning law and policy and the effect this will have on residents and the local economic benefits, planning permission has been granted for Tottenham to extend the number of music concerts in 2023. The overall cap of 16 major non-football events per year remains.”

The statement added, “The Council has ensured that permission comes with several commitments, in particular Tottenham limiting the number of concerts in any one week to three, to reduce the impact that a high number of major events in a short space of time have on the local community. We have also secured assurances to ensure that the benefits of major events are maximized and the negative impacts on residents are minimized. This decision is only for this year. We will continue to carefully monitor all major events and there will be further opportunities for residents to engage regarding events at the stadium with the Council – this is an ongoing process.”

Additional Information:

  • ‘Haringey LONDON’ further stated that the original planning permission for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium includes a condition that there are no more than 16 major non-football events and no more than six music concerts per annum;
  • The forthcoming music concerts for the stadium so far this year are: The American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers on July 21st and the Nigerian singer Wizkid on July 29th. The latter concert brought the total this year to seven music concerts (few have already been held) which are above the limit of six set out in the original planning permission condition. The limit has now been removed for 2023 only and Tottenham can have more than six concerts within the limit of 16 major non-football events; and
  • The Tottenham Hotspur Football Club submitted a planning application to the Council in April to amend the condition to remove the limit on music concerts for 2023 only, but keep the limit of 16 major non-football events, which music concerts would fall within.


The Council has ensured that the planning permission secures certain commitments, in particular:

  • Limiting the number of concerts in any one week to three, to reduce the impact that a high number of major events in a short space of time could have on the local community; and
  • The Spurs has made a range of commitments to ensure the benefits of major events are maximized and the negative impacts on residents are minimized.

The Haringey London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Haringey in Greater London, England. It is a London Borough Council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. As of 2022, Haringey is divided into 21 wards, six electing two Councilors and the remaining 15 electing three.

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