Tottenham free to build new stadium as Archway opts not to appeal

Tottenham Hotspur have finally been given the green light to start building a new stadium after the sole objector to the project ended their long legal battle against the club.

Archway Steel Metal Works Ltd had been resisting the compulsory purchase order for the land where their company has traded for several generations, with Spurs forced to drag the company through the courts in a bid to clear the way for a new stadium that is expected to be built in the shadow of their current White Hart Lane home.

The club have confirmed that they have the finances in place to build a stadium that could include a little over 60,000 seats, with this statement from Archway Steel seemingly ending a fight that has endured for several years to get the project underway.

"Whilst we were disappointed and surprised by the judgment of Sir Ian Dove in dismissing our claim to the compulsory purchase order made by Haringey Council to support the stadium scheme of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, we have decided not to appeal against his decision," read a statement from the steel company.

"We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis. Our efforts towards that end have been unsuccessful so far, but we will continue to try to achieve a proper settlement by agreement if that is possible.

"Our other overriding objective is also to arrange for the relocation of our family business as quickly as possible and to preserve the jobs of those we employ. Our relocation will presumably also enable the Club to carry out their stadium development and enable them to achieve their commercial objectives."

Archway Steel's decision to end their legal objections comes after the company suffered a fire on its premises last year and also complained of receiving threats from Tottenham supporters as the case became a public battle.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is now expected to press forward with the development of a new home for the club, with Tottenham hoping to move into a new White Hart Lane arena in time for the start of the 2018-19 season. The club had initially hoped to move to their new home a year earlier, but the Archway Steel dispute held up those plans.

In a club statement, Tottenham said: "The next step will be to vest the land in Haringey Council's ownership and to agree the compensation amount payable to Archway. We shall also continue to seek to reach an agreement with Archway by private treaty."

Levy will also now have to make a final decision on where Tottenham will play in the 2017-18 season as the White Hart Lane site is redeveloped, with ESPN FC sources saying that the 31,500 capacity home of League One side Milton Keynes Dons is one of the venues under consideration for a temporary home.