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Olympic Stadium: game on as West Ham score

The decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to select West Ham United rather than Spurs as the preferred bidder to move into the Olympic Stadium in east London after the 2012 Games has major implications for redevelopment in several areas of the capital.

If Spurs stay at White Hart Lane, three areas stand to benefit from major investment and regeneration. The first is the area around Spurs current ground where the club has permission for a redevelopment scheme involving a new stadium, superstore and other facilities known as the Northumberland Development Project.

The other areas to benefit would be Stratford and the Olympic Stadium area itself and finally the area around West Ham’s current stadium at Upton Park.

Haringey Council and local MP David Lammy have been vocal in their insistence that Spurs should remain in north London, warning that a move to Stratford would have dire consequences for regeneration in the north London borough.

Haringey Council has insisted it has been supportive of many elements of Spurs’ planning application, including the demolition of listed and other nearby buildings, the building of a large supermarket, and the club’s negotiations with the Mayor of London and English Heritage.

The council has also pointed out it has signalled support in principle for compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to make it easier for Spurs to obtain what remaining land they need.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles have released the following joint statement: ''The recommendation by the OPLC Board marks an important milestone for the future of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the whole of the Olympic project.

"We would like to thank Baroness Ford and all her board members for the conscientious and thorough way they have approached the decision making process. We will look through their recommendation in detail before coming to our own decision. We aim to make a formal announcement to Parliament shortly."

In a separate but related development, Acer Snowmet, a Birmingham-based company which designs and operates indoor ski centres has expressed an interest in turning the Olympic media centre into what would be Britain’s biggest indoor skiing centre.


Roger Milne

17 February 2011