Our first application received overwhelming local support and a recommendation from Enfield's Planning Officer to grant permission, but the Planning Committee rejected it. The Club is determined to ensure the best possible option for the site and one which would overcome any previous objections expressed by the members of the Planning Committee. The Club has consequently acquired the Whitewebbs Sports Club and this has allowed us to significantly remodel the layout and design of the site.
The result is that:
- The new development will have less impact on the Green Belt - indeed only 3% of the site will comprise buildings, which will be well screened
- Existing unsightly buildings will be demolished
- The main vehicle access to the facility will be located away from Myddelton House, respecting the conservation area
- The new proposals will include a comprehensive landscaping package and the creation of new habitats, helping to conserve the character of the area
These changes respond to points raised by the Planning Committee last year.
Should permission be granted for the application, Spurs will be in position to target millions of pounds worth of community benefits at Enfield's youngsters. The ten year community outreach programme is worth in excess of £2.3 million.
Every school in Enfield will be given the chance to participate and we expect to reach a total of 1.3 million children over the next ten years. It has been designed to help meet the aims of Enfield's Local Area Agreement 'Every Child Really Does Matter'.
It will focus on four areas:
Outreach work by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff delivering sports based programmes in Enfield schools to encourage physical activity, a healthy lifestyle and self-confidence.
Motivating underachieving children. Working closely with schools, we will target under-achieving children and improve their educational performance. This programme is proven to significantly enhance attainment levels.
Helping tackle crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. We operate in areas where anti-social behaviour is a problem, targeting the kids most at risk of offending and pull them into structured sports and educational programmes.
Working with children with disabilities so they are encouraged to discover and work to their full potential.
The Club must thank once again the thousands of fans who supported the last planning application. The Club will certainly asking everyone who wrote to the council last year to send a similar letter so that the councillors can be left in no doubt as to how this Football Training Centre would benefit the borough.
More information will follow.
The Club has submitted a new planning application for the development of a world class Academy and First Team Training Centre at Bulls Cross.