A politician says plans for the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium has received 'strong local support'.

Proposals for the Northumberland Development Scheme jumped ahead today after permission was given to use a site earmarked for the stadium.

Ministers have agreed with the compulsory purchase order made by Haringey Borough Council, which will enable the project to continue.

More than 95 per cent of the three-0hectare site has been purchased and work has already begun on the first of three phases of the plan. The order was requested to allow the final two phases to go ahead and follows a public inquiry.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support.

"The redevelopment proposals have had far reaching support from local MPs, the London Mayor’s champion for Tottenham and the chairman of the Independent Tottenham Taskforce.

"They all consider the project important for bringing much needed private investment into one of the most disadvantaged areas of London."

Tottenham Hotspur released a statement saying: "This is a very significant step in the CPO process.

"The club has used the intervening period productively and has refined detailed design of the stadium in order to ensure it is future-proofed and optimised.

"We shall provide our supporters with a further update and timeline on the Northumberland Development Project as soon as we are able to do so."