Spurs Request Full Use of Wembley's Capacity for 17/18 Season Ahead of Phase Two of Stadium Build

Tom Power

​Tottenham Hotspur remain hopeful of convincing local councillors to allow temporary home Wembley's capacity to be fully utilised during the 2017/18 campaign.

Spurs will play all of their home matches at the English national stadium next term as phase two of their White Hart Lane redevelopment project begins in this summer, and the club plan to utilise Wembley's 90,000 capacity to the full during their 12 months away from their permanent home.

Brent Council has compiled a 44-page dossier in a bid to convince Brent's planning committee to ratify Tottenham's request, according to the ​London Evening Standard, and providing the plans are greenlighted, Spurs would be allowed play an extra 31 games between August 1 2017 and July 31 2018 with Wembley potentially at full capacity.

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - Premier League

An official working for Brent council said: “Following extensive consultation with local residents and businesses, taking into account the merits of the application and comments and views from the consultation, Brent Council has published its recommendation to grant planning permission for the application by Wembley National Stadium Limited to temporarily increase the number of full capacity events.”

A decision as to whether the Lilywhites are granted permission to play further matches with crowds in excess of 50,000 will be determined at a committee hearing on March 23.

Tottenham are confident that they will be allowed to utilise Wembley's huge capacity to its fullest, but the planning committee running the rule over the proposal could throw a spanner in the works if they are not satisfied with the request.

Possible flaws in the plan include the amount of Tottenham supporters causing significant disruption to the local area in terms of travel and noise pollution, as well as the potential for there to be little benefit to the local community as a whole.

The planning committee have no obligation to agree to the proposal, and could reject it outright, defer their decision to later in the year or add additional points to the proposal before granting it - moves which would certainly disappoint Spurs' hierarchy.

Tottenham plan to move back into their newly renovated White Hart Lane stadium in time for the start of the 2018/19 season. The £800m build is expected to house 61,000 spectators upon completion, and will provide additional benefits to the local area including new schools, housing and local amenities.

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