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Everton submits revised plans for £500 million stadium

Words: Huw Morris

Everton Football Club has unveiled revamped designs for its £500 million stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock after a series of consultations attended by more than 60,000 people.

The original plans were submitted last December but prompted objections from UNESCO, Historic England and The Victorian Society.

Under the revamped design, the stadium’s West Stand will include a stepped plaza, while a multistorey car park has been removed and solar panels relocated to the stadium’s roof. The development has also been reduced in height following guidance from the council on the scheme’s impact on the surrounding docks, a World Heritage Site.

The club’s proposals include restoring a grade II listed hydraulic tower and tramlines at Bramley-Moore, which is a disused and inaccessible Victorian dock. The scheme would also preserve the dock walls under the stadium so that the site could be reverse-engineered back into a dock should the club ever leave.

Everton’s stadium development director Colin Chong said the consultation and the size of the planning application, which will be one of the largest received by Liverpool City Council, meant the local authority may have to convene a special planning committee toward the end of the year to decide the scheme.

A new 28-day consultation will be launched for the community to comment on the revised designs, which are due to be lodged with the council early next month.

Everton said the nearly 53,000-seat stadium would be worth £1 billion to the economy and generate up to 15,000 jobs, making it a key part of the city region’s post-Covid recovery plan. The club hopes to start construction on the site early in 2021 and scheme is expected to take three years to complete.

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