The company standing in the way of Tottenham Hotpur Football Club’s stadium redevelopment plans will contest plans forcing it to move in the High Court in February.

In the High Court today it was agreed that Archway Sheet Metals, owned by the Josif family, will challenge a compulsory purchase order on their factory in a two-day hearing on February 17 and 18. The case will be heard by Mr Justice Dove. 

Archway has been fighting a long-running battle with Haringey Council and Spurs over attempts to move it from Paxton Road, next to the current stadium.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles confirmed Haringey Council could issue the order last July, but the firm announced it would appeal against this.

Fire ripped through the factory last November in a blaze police are treating as suspicious, though no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

On the morning of the fire, an Archway employee reported firefighters as saying two empty petrol cans had been found inside the building.

A spokesman for Archway told the Independent this morning that staff had moved back into the building and were continuing work.

He said: “We’re just carrying on going about our business. It’s not perfect, it’s a bit of struggle but we’re going to manage and we’re not letting things get to us.”

He said the firm would not be able to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

A spokesman for Tottenham Hotspur FC said: “We have already successfully and amicably relocated more than 70 businesses in the area to the satisfaction of all parties concerned and a number of these organisations continue to reside in the borough.

“Whilst we were able to accommodate all these other businesses' requests, in the instance of Archway, we have been unable to reach agreement over the period of the past seven years.”

On the club's website it stated: "Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family exercised their right to seek to challenge the Secretary of State's decision in the High Court and this was due to be heard in court today and tomorrow - 15th and 16th of January.

"Due to the fact that not all parties were ready to proceed today, the Court has adjourned the hearing for a short time and this will now be heard on the 17th and 18th February 2015."

It was not made clear in court which party was not ready to proceed by Mr Justice Dove who did reveal he was Aston Villa fan.