Spurs’ residential development plan gets nod


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The Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (UK) has won permission to build 72 homes and a new cinema at the site of a former printworks in Tottenham in North London.

The ‘Enfield Independent’ stated that the Premier League club, which is pursuing ambitious housebuilding plans in the area surrounding the newly-built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, had its latest scheme approved by the Haringey Council’s Planning Subcommittee on January 10th, 2022.

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

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

The ‘Enfield Independent’ further stated that the whole exercise involves building blocks up to seven stories high at the site in Tottenham High Road which once housed the head offices of the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald newspaper, along with printers Cusha and Son.

The football club has already built more than 400 homes near its new stadium. Last year, Spurs unveiled proposals for more than 900 new homes at three sites – Goods Yard, The Depot and Printworks – representing a significant increase on previously-approved plans.

But it suffered a setback in November 2021, when the Council turned down plans for 867 homes, including towers up to 27, 29 and 32 stories, at The Depot and Goods Yard, amid concerns over the height, density and design of the buildings.

The Printworks scheme is set to provide 23 homes designated as affordable housing, with seven for low-cost rent and 16 classed as intermediate rent. There will be 13 three-bedroom units and one four-bedroom home, with one and two-bedroom flats making up the rest of the residential development.

In addition to a four-screen cinema, the development is set to feature flexible commercial, business and service space.

Most of the listed buildings fronting the High Road will be retained, while other structures to the rear will be demolished to make way for the new development. However, the scheme, which sits within the North Tottenham Conservation Area, involves demolishing the locally-listed 829 High Road to create a wider Brunswick Square public highway.

The Tottenham Conservation Area Committee raised “serious reservations” over the loss of a building it described as forming “part of Tottenham’s historic high street frontage”.

But according to the planning report, the Council’s Conservation Officer said the development would “significantly enhance the setting of both listed and locally listed buildings”, which would outweigh the “low level of less than substantial harm” resulting from the demolition of 829 High Road.

The planning report states that the Council received a single objection and one letter of support for the scheme, along with two other comments.

The Haringey Council confirmed after the meeting that the application was approved by the Committee.

The ‘football.london’ stated that the application for the project was made back in August to the Haringey Council by Goodsyard Tottenham Limited, which is part of Spurs’ corporate group structure.

The building project development company is based at the club’s Lilywhite House headquarters within their stadium complex with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy and the Operations and Finance Director, Matthew Collecott, on its Board.

The ‘football.london’ further stated that Haringey’s Planning Officers’ statement, which was approved by the Subcommittee, concluded, “This planning statement supports an application for full planning permission for the comprehensive, residential-led redevelopment of the Printworks site, located at 819-829 High Road. The proposals would deliver 72 new homes including affordable and family homes that accord with policy requirements, alongside a new cinema and complementary commercial uses.”

“The site is in the Upper Lee Valley Opportunity Area, a growth area where major residential-led development is supported. The need for new homes in Haringey has increased with the Borough delivering just 60 percent of their required housing for the past three years. This equates to a significant shortfall of over 1,700 homes against Haringey’s minimum requirements. [The proposals] would act as a catalyst for regeneration of the High Road West area, being a key interface site between the High Road frontage and remainder of the masterplan area. They meet the regeneration aims for the area.”

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