Belfast Telegraph

Spurs win 2012 stadium legal battle

Tottenham have won the latest match in a legal battle over the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

A High Court judge in London gave the club the go-ahead to challenge a decision made in favour of West Ham for the use of the £486million venue in Stratford, east London, after the Games end next summer.

Earlier this year the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) opted for a bid put forward by West Ham. But on Wednesday Tottenham successfully applied to Mr Justice Collins for permission to mount a legal challenge.

The judge's task at this stage was only to decide whether Tottenham has an "arguable" case. A further hearing with full arguments from all sides will now have to be held.

Tottenham argue that the OPLC's decision to opt for West Ham was unfair.

Lawyers said the OPLC had considered two bids: one a joint bid between Tottenham and the AEG sport and entertainment group; the second a joint bid between West Ham and the London Borough of Newham.

In February, the OPLC had said the package put forward by West Ham and Newham Council was their "preferred bid".

That decision had been backed by Government ministers and London Mayor Boris Johnson - and Tottenham had been "excluded", she said.

The judge said the High Court should review decisions made by both the OPLC and Newham Council. A full judicial review hearing is scheduled to start in London on October 18 and is expected to last two days.

The judge said the West Ham bid approved by the OPLC would remain on hold until the High Court had decided whether any decisions had been unlawful. The OPLC said it would not be commenting on the decision.


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