English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has been granted permission to play up to 27 home matches at Wembley next season.

Brent Council yesterday (Thursday) voted in favour of Tottenham playing its home games at the ground’s full 90,000-capacity while its new stadium is being built.

The club now has until March 31 to activate its option to play at Wembley.

Tottenham’s new stadium, which is being built opposite the club’s current ground, White Hart Lane, is set to be ready in time for the 2018-19 season.

However, it remains a possibility that Tottenham will continue to play at White Hart Lane next season, then move to play at Wembley during the 2018-19 campaign and move into the new ground the following season.

The decision to grant Tottenham the full-capacity use of Wembley has angered some local residents, who, according to UK news agency the Press Association, yesterday cited anti-social behaviour, extra demand on transport services and a negative impact on local businesses as reasons for opposing the move.

According to the PA, councillor Sam Stopp, himself a Tottenham supporter, said: “While in my heart I would love to see Spurs play at Wembley, I cannot do anything but implore you to take the alternative decision.

“It would suggest a very wealthy football club might matter more to this council than the residents of Wembley and the residents of Brent.

“There is also a danger Wembley ends up simply being treated like a cash cow, and a cash cow the residents of Brent don’t actually receive any benefit from.”

The council nevertheless voted in favour of the proposal.