Tottenham launch second legal bid in bitter battle for Olympic Stadium

TOTTENHAM last night confirmed they have launched a second legal challenge against the controversial decision to hand West Ham the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games, as City A.M. reported first last month.

Spurs chiefs have applied to the High Court for permission to bring a claim for judicial review of a series of decisions made by legacy chiefs the OPLC, the Mayor of London and national and local government.

It follows a similar move on 13 March, in which they asked for a judicial review of Newham council’s decision to underwrite a £40m loan from the Treasury towards West Ham’s £90m relocation costs.

City A.M. reported then that Tottenham were actively pursuing the possibility of a second claim (below), and that was formally submitted yesterday in time to meet tomorrow’s deadline of three months since the OPLC’s decision.

West Ham were anointed as preferred tenants in part because of their pledge to retain the stadium’s running track post-Olympics, thereby helping London keep its promise to deliver an athletics legacy for Stratford.

Tottenham were told their bid did not meet all the OPLC’s criteria but have demonstrated they have not given up on having the decision overturned.