The judge presiding over Tottenham Hotspur’s High Court battle with Archway Sheet Metal Works has retired to consider his judgement.

This afternoon Mr Justice Dove heard final submissions from Christopher Katkowski QC representing Tottenham Hotspur FC.

These were followed by the right of reply from Christopher Lockhart-Mummary QC, acting on behalf of Archway Sheet Metal Works, in which he reiterated his belief that the club had made significant material changes to its plans which invalidate the issuing of the compulsory purchase order.

Mr Katkowski, Haringey Council's barrister Tim Corner QC and Stephen Whale QC representing the Secretary of State for Communities and Planning all held the changes considered by the club did not reach a threshold at which they may have changed the Secretary of State’s decision to grant the CPO.

Mr Katkowski QC said: “We are a long way off finding something that could have lead the Secretary of State to choose not to award the CPO.

"In all circumstances Archway's land is needed specifically for the stadium not for any other buildings and there is nothing in the decision letter that suggests the decision is in any way dependent on the size of the stadium or number of flats being built.”

Mr Katkowski dismissed suggestions around the validity and legality of the making of the CPO on Archway’s land.

He said: “There's a conundrum in all of this that how can it possibly be that the council did not have the power to grant this order?

“The only challenge can be that the local authority did not have the power to grant the CPO but of course it did.”

Mr Lockhart-Mummary said in his right of reply to all three defendant QCs: “Our case throughout has been about the lack of authority within the acquiring body.

“Quite plainly pre-condition B (commitment to build in the planning consent) has not been met as there is no obligation on the club to build.

"The only reference the Secretary of State makes with regard to commitment to the scheme is that the potential financial viability of the scheme has been demonstrated.

“In all of this no consideration has been given to discretion to Archway which is having its land purchased and human rights engaged.”

It was revealed in court that the club had in place an option of a £350m bridging loan from HSBC if there was a funding shortfall for the scheme.

Tottenham Hotspur withheld commercially sensitive information with regard to financial aspects of the stadium such as the naming rights, the hotel and the office space, as it is legally permitted to do.

Mr Lockhart-Mummary argued the withholding of this information demonstrated a clear commitment to significant material changes to the scheme at the time the Secretary of State made his decision.

He said the Secretary of State should have been made aware of this and that it might have made a difference to his decision to grant the CPO.

The judge thanked all in attendance shortly after 4.30pm and said he would retire to consider his decision and deliver a verdict at 9.30am on Friday.