The new 56,000-capacity Tottenham Hotspur stadium has been given the green light to start construction work after a successful High Court battle against a family-run business.
Last July Tottenham obtained a compulsory purchase order forcing Archway to sell its site to make room for the new stadium complex - a project worth an estimated £400 million. But the company, who are self-described as “an old-fashioned family business" that produces metal items for the hospitality and catering industry, challenged the order.
Their complaint was eventually taken to the High Court before Mr Justice Dove, who is a self-professed Aston Villa fan. After ruling in favour of.he football club the judge said:
"It follows from my conclusions I am satisfied there was no legal flaw in the process and it was in the public interest that this purchase order be made.'"
Archway have also been refused permission to appeal, but they still have the option to go to the Court of Appeal judges within the next 21 days.
Prior to the court case a spokesman for Tottenham said that they had already arranged the amicable and successful relocation of over 70 local business. All parties concerned have been satisfied and many of these companies continue to do business in the borough. He said that in the instance of Archway Sheet Metal Works, Tottenham Football Club has not been able to come to an agreement despite seven years of discussion and negotiation.
Archway’s owners claim that they have received bomb threats. Last November a mystery fire destroyed the premises adjoining the North Stand at White Hart Lane. Tottenham has also been accused of misleading its supporters throughout the ongoing dispute.