SAVE has welcomed dramatic revisions to Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium redevelopment, announced today. The revised scheme is the outcome of cooperation between the football club, SAVE, English Heritage and CABE and has resulted not only in the preservation of key historic buildings but a much improved public domain.
SAVE launched a campaign last year to protect a series of historic buildings on Tottenham High Road earmarked for clearance as part of the stadium scheme. SAVE enlisted architect Huw Thomas to produce an alternative scheme showing how the threatened terrace could be retained as part of the redevelopment. However, despite these concerns, the club submitted a planning application in December which sought the demolition of all these buildings to make way for an open piazza.
SAVE's campaign was then given a massive boost when top planning lawyer, David Cooper, offered his support. Led by David Cooper, SAVE then opened fresh negotiations with the club, and Spurs responded by overhauling its design team and putting forward a fresh scheme showing a radical remodelling of the southern part of the development. Crucially, these changes included the retention of the four key buildings on the High Road - two pubs flanking Bill Nicholson Way (including the Red House, the historic former club headquarters), the fine Edwardian Tottenham & Edmonton Dispensary and the listed Warmington House. These building are to be repaired and set within a new and much improved landscaping scheme - bordered by a raised public piazza to the east.
Marcus Binney, SAVE's President, says 'We are very pleased to have been able to cooperate so constructively with Spurs and believe the result is a much improved scheme.'
William Palin, SAVE's Secretary, says 'Tottenham's response to our concerns has been extremely positive and we are hugely encouraged by the revised plans. None of this could have been achieved without the timely intervention of David Cooper whose support over the years, including the successful Smithfield General Market Inquiry (at which he was lead advocate for SAVE) has given us many significant victories.'