Court row over Tottenham stadium

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A business standing in the way of Tottenham Hotspur’s £400 million stadium redevelopment today kicks off a High Court battle to stay put.

Archway Sheet Metal Works is beginning a two-day application before Mr Justice Dove, who revealed at a preliminary hearing that he is an Aston Villa fan.

The owners of Archway are challenging the confirmation of a compulsory purchase order that could force them to make way for the new 56,000 capacity stadium complex.

Last November, a mystery fire gutted the premises near the North Stand at Premiership club Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground in north London.

The owners said they had received “bomb threats”.

Josif Josif, 46, who runs the family business, said at the time of the fire: “People were calling us and threatening us and we were receiving bomb threats and that started a few months ago, but we don’t know if that’s got anything to do with it.”

The firm describes itself as a “wonderfully old-fashioned family business” producing metal items for the catering and hospitality industry.

The owners have been in a dispute with Spurs for the last decade over its redevelopment plans.

The club has planning permission for the new stadium it hopes to open for the 2018/19 season.

A Tottenham club spokesman said: “We have already successfully and amicably relocated more than 70 businesses in the area to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and a number of these organisations continue to reside in the borough.

“Whilst we were able to accommodate all these other businesses’ requests, in the instance of Archway, we have been unable to reach agreement over the period of the last seven years.”

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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