Tottenham Hotspur have been given the go ahead to start building work on their new stadium.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) approved Haringey council's Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect to the last remaining piece of land that is required for building of the Spurs' new stadium.
The council had been waiting fifteen months for the DCLG to make a decision on the CPO of Archway Steel, a metal works company that is sited just north of White Hart Lane, Tottenham's current home, and now the green light has been given work can begin in earnest.
Tottenham's current home is limited to only 36,284 and, with over 40,000 fans waiting for a season ticket, a new stadium is long overdue. However, with Archway refusing the club's offer of a new site and relocation money, the council had to seek a CPO so the stadium and housing development between the stadium and White Hart Lane station could be realised.
Frustration inside the club and among supporters and the council was intensifying, leading to local Labour MP David Lammy raising the issue in the House of Commons. That pressure seems to have finally paid dividends, and with finance in place the club can begin construction and arranging their match venues in the short term. The delay in granting the CPO has lead to talk of Spurs ground sharing for a season as the stadium's roof will need to be completed in one go.
The Lilywhites have been linked with Wembley, MK Don's ground, Ipswich, Brighton and even West Ham's current home, Upton Park. With the CPO granted, Spurs fans can look forward to a bigger and better stadium that will hopefully elevate them into the top echelon of English football.