Tottenham Hotspur will today learn if their bid to host 27 games at Wembley next season has been approved by Brent Council’s planning committee.
The club initially asked for a total of 36 games at the national stadium’s maximum capacity of 90,000, in order to cover the highest possible number of home matches that Tottenham could feasibly play in all competitions next season.
But the proposal was considered too great a strain on local residents, with Brent Council instead suggesting a compromise option of all 36 matches but at a reduced capacity of 61,000, the same figure the new White Hart Lane stadium will hold.
Tottenham have until March 31 to activate the option to play at Wembley.
Objections remain, however. By March 14, 164 representations had been made to Brent Council, with 156 rejecting the proposal.
Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, said “why there is a need for Tottenham Hotspur to play games at Wembley’s full capacity.”
Gardiner added that “the increase in the number of matches will prove a real strain on local living”.
Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, expressed concern about the “additional pressure on public transport” and also how “this sets a precedent for Chelsea FC to use the stadium for a further three years”.
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