Wembley Stadium moved one step closer to being used as a Premier League football ground next season after Brent planning officers said it should be allowed to temporarily increase the number of full capacity events it hosts.
Tottenham Hotspur are expected to play their home fixtures at the national stadium in 2017-18 while a new stadium is built next to their historic White Hart Lane home.
If the Brent Council planning committee go ahead with the recommendation of its officers at its meeting on March 23, Tottenham will be able to use the ground’s full 90,000 capacity, if they decide to move to Brent.
The application is for 22 extra full-capacity events between August 1 and July 31 next year.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Following extensive consultation with local residents and businesses, taking into account the merits of the application and comments and views from the consultation, Brent Council has published its recommendation to grant planning permission for the application by Wembley National Stadium Limited to temporarily increase the number of full capacity events."
Wembley has already played home to Tottenham’s European campaign this season, which proved an unhappy experience for the north Londoners, who were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages before losing to KAA Gent in the first Europa League knockout stage.
The club is currently playing what is expected to be its last season at White Hart Lane before moving into a new 61,000 capacity stadium in 2018-19.
Full details of the application are available at www.brent.gov.uk/planning , reference number 17/0368.
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