Spurs prepare for judicial review of West Ham Olympic Stadium decision

Tottenham Hotspur looks set to take court action over the decision to hand the Olympic Stadium to joint bidders West Ham United and Newham Council after next year’s Games.

The north London club signalled its intention to launch a judicial review in letters to the Olympic Park Legacy Company, government ministers and Newham Council.

Spurs bosses have served them with so-called “letters before action” and they have four weeks to respond in writing before a final decision on the High Court action is taken.

The club lost out when the OPLC selected West Ham United and Newham Council as the preferred bidders for the Stratford site in February.

An OPLC spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a letter before action in relation to potential judicial review proceedings has been issued.


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“The Olympic Park Legacy Company ran a very rigorous and transparent process in its selection of the recommended preferred bidder.

“We have been supported by independent experts in their field in terms of legal, financial, commercial and technical advice.”

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She added: “We have been consistent, fair, objective and entirely equal in our dealings with the bidders from start to finish.

“We are confident that if these judicial review proceedings are pursued, our approach will be entirely vindicated by the courts.”

In a written statement, Spurs bosses said: “The club’s lawyers have written letters to the OPLC, the Mayor of London, the minister of sport and the secretary of state for local government, and a separate letter to the London Borough of Newham, raising a number of concerns with the processes which led to the award.

“The letters also requested — in the interests of transparency — for the provision of certain information concerning the processes, which the club considers that it is entitled to.

“Tottenham Hotspur will determine its next step as and when it receives a response to these letters.”

A Newham Council spokeswoman said: “We have received the letter and will be considering our next steps.”

West Ham United declined to comment.

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