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Legal challenge to West Ham United’s Olympic Stadium move fails

PUBLISHED: 07:46 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 07:46 24 June 2011

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Tottenham and Leyton Orient have lost their challenge to prevent West Ham moving in the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.

Both clubs applied for a judicial review of the decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to select the Irons but that request has not been granted.

A spokesperson for the Olympic Park Legacy Company said:“The court has decided to refuse both Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient permission to pursue a judicial review challenge in relation to Legacy Company’s decision to select a preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.

“We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the Preferred Bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the Stadium’s lease.”

Judge Mr Justice Davis told them there are no grounds for a review.

A Spurs statement said they would consider over the next few days an option to renew their application at an oral hearing in the High Court.

The statement on the club’s website added: “The club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution.”

Newham Council, who have arranged a £40m loan to finance West Ham’s move to the stadium, said: “We are continuing to focus on securing a lasting legacy for the stadium and, together with West Ham United, are progressing well with the Olympic Park Legacy Company on bringing the matter to a commercial and financial close.”

Karren Brady, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “We welcome the news as a further endorsement of our strong and viable legacy vision.

“We hope we can now focus all our energy and passion on delivering a fantastic multi-use Olympic Stadium for the whole nation.

“We were honoured to be unanimously chosen as preferred bidder by the OPLC. Their decision, after a robust and diligent process, was subsequently backed by the Mayor of London and government.

“Our vision - in partnership with the London Borough of Newham - remains for a globally-recognised destination for all, with community at its core, capable of hosting world-class sporting events, including top-level football and athletics.”

Spurs had turned their attention to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, after deciding their plans for a new development at Northumberland Park next to their existing north London White Hart Lane home were not economically viable. Costs have risen dramatically, though Spurs told a meeting of the Tottenham Supporters Trust last week that they were still working on the local plans.

Orient believed the decision was flawed and will cause them major problems.


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