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Jun 23, 2011

Court rejects Olympic stadium review

The High Court in London have rejected bids by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient for a judicial review into West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium.

• West Ham bid approved

West Ham were awarded the right to play at the stadium after next year's Games in London, over both other North London clubs, back in February. However, neither Spurs (who wanted to build a stadium without a track) or Orient (who objected on legal and procedural grounds) took the decision well and launched attempts to derail the Hammers' move by applying for a review.

But, on Thursday, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) said in a statement: "The court has today decided to refuse both Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient permission to pursue a judicial review challenge in relation to Legacy Company's decision to select a preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.

''We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the preferred bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the stadium's lease."

Despite the fact that West Ham want to move in for the 2014-15 season, they could still face a further challenge as Tottenham have the chance to submit a fresh application via a oral hearing at the High Court.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: "The Club has today [Thursday] been informed that the High Court has refused its application for permission to bring a claim against the London Borough of Newham and the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Mayor of London and Government Ministers for judicial review of their decisions underlying the bid process for the conversion of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

"The club now has the option of renewing its application at an oral hearing at the High Court and we shall give consideration to this in the next few days.

"As previously reported, the club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution."

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