RELIEF has swept through Haringey Council this afternoon as London mayor Boris Johnson gave vital spproval of Spurs stadium planning application.

The green light from City Hall means one obstacle preventing Tottenham Hotspur from building its own stadium has been removed.

The £450 million Northumberland Development Project, which will deliver a brand new 56,000-seat stadium just metres from the club's current White Hart Lane stadium.

Council leader Claire Kober said: "We're thrilled that the Mayor of London has thrown his weight behind Tottenham Hotspur’s plans.

"Spurs belong in Tottenham and should stay in Tottenham. It's what the fans want, it's what's best for the club and it's what's best for Tottenham.

"With Spurs riding high in the Premiership and proving their worth in the Champions League, we’re confident that today’s decision will give fans one more thing to celebrate.

"The council has been as disappointed as the fans to hear speculation about Tottenham Hotspur relocating to the Olympic site in Stratford.

"We hope that the huge groundswell of support for keeping the club where it belongs will prove successful, and that Spurs will remain in the heart of Tottenham."

The project would bring massive regeneration benefits for Tottenham including new homes, a hotel, a heritage square, improved public space, shops and restaurants.

It won unanimous support from Haringey Council's planning committee in September.