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As Tottenham face Manchester United on Sunday they have won one battle already this week

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Tottenham can put the League Cup defeat disappointment behind them. With a huge game at Old Trafford on Sunday that could determine Spurs' European hopes for next season, the weekend at least got off to a good start with the news that Archway Sheet Metal Works has decided not to appeal against relocation.

That means Spurs' £400m redevelopment of White Hart Lane is able to go ahead as they were the only local business standing in the way.

Archway Sheet Metal Works, located behind the north stand in Paxton Road, has been involved in a lengthy legal battle with the Premier League club regarding plans to expand White Hart Lane into a 56,000-seat stadium. Last month the company had taken Spurs to the high court but a judge rejected its challenge against relocation over a compulsory land purchase order.

It means Spurs can press on with the development, which they aim to complete by the start of the 2018-19 season. Haringey council has already accepted a planning application by the club, who must now find a site to play home matches for at least one season and secure a naming rights deal for the new stadium.

Tottenham have successfully relocated 70 businesses from around White Hart Lane but the owners of Archway, the Josif family, had argued that the land purchase order was unlawful and invalid. Mr Justice Dove ruled that there was no legal flaw in the process.

Archway, which was gutted by a fire in November last year, released a statement that read: “Whilst we were disappointed and surprised by the judgment of Sir Ian Dove in dismissing our claim to the compulsory purchase order made by Haringey council to support the stadium scheme of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, we have decided not to appeal against his decision.

“We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis. Our efforts towards that end have been unsuccessful so far, but we will continue to try to achieve a proper settlement by agreement if that is possible.”

Spurs can make it a great weeend if they can grab all three points at Old Trafford on Sunday - a result that would see the London club go level on points with United. Fifth place Liverpool play on Monday.

JB

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