CABE has criticised the plans for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium in North London.
The plans, by Make, KSS Design Group and Martha Schwartz, propose replacing Tottenham’s existing stadium with a public square, 434 homes and a supermarket as well as a new 56,250-capacity football ground.
In its design review, Cabe approved of the stadium design but criticised the masterplan for the site. It said: “The three components … feel like very separate projects without convincing spatial relationships between them.”
Cabe also expressed “serious reservations about the appropriateness of the architectural treatment and materials of the blocks to the north and south of the stadium”. It called the housing proposals “eccentric and counterintuitive” and said the supermarket was “not sufficiently ambitious”.
The report was welcomed by locals who oppose the plans. Matthew Bradby, chairman of Tottenham Civic Society, said: “It confirms that our criticisms of the development were well-founded and that we are not just a lone local voice in the wilderness.”
Since the plans were submitted to Haringey Council in October they have attracted nearly 900 responses – the most in living memory for a planning issue in the borough. However, a spokeswoman for the club said the “vast majority” of these were “overwhelmingly in support of the proposals”.
Ken Shuttleworth of Make rejected Cabe’s criticisms. “We strongly believe our design is appropriate for the future needs of the wider Tottenham area and of the club, and will create a long-lasting amenity which would benefit the whole community.”