(WFI) Tottenham Hostpur and Leyton Orient may continue their legal fight for the Olympic Stadium after their bid for a judicial review against the decision to award the venue to West Ham was rejected.
The two clubs had both strongly opposed the decision made by the Olympic Park Legacy Company in February but Judge Mr Justice Davis at the High Court hearing in London on Thursday told them that there were no grounds for a review.
Spurs acknowledged the decision but said in a statement: “The club now has the option of renewing its application at an oral hearing at the High Court and we shall give consideration to this in the next few days.”
Tottenham had debated redeveloping White Hart Lane in what was called the Northumberland Project, but the club said that rising costs had forced them to look elsewhere to build a new stadium.
“As previously reported, the club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution,” the statement added.
League One side Leyton Orient also responded to the High Court ruling with a club statement which was more forthright in its insistence on continuing legal proceedings.
“The club continues with its judicial review against the government and arbitration over the Premier League’s decision to allow West Ham United to move to the Olympic Stadium without taking into consideration the adverse effect on Leyton Orient,” the statement said.
Orient will come to a decision in a few days after discussing with lawyers the best course of action to take.
The club’s is motivated by the fear that the proximity of West Ham – in the Olympic Stadium – to their ground would hurt its efforts to grow the fanbase as fans would be drawn to supporting the bigger London club.
After yesterday’s announcement, the Olympic Park Legacy Company said: “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.”
West Ham are planning to downsize the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium to 60,000 seats after the 2012 Games, retaining the running track and transforming it into a multipurpose venue.
Karren Brady, the club’s vice-chairman, welcomed the High Court’s decision “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,” she said.
By INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge
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