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Football stadium approved for Everton

Words: Laura Edgar
Plans for new stadium / Everton Football Club

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee has granted permission for Everton Football Club’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and outline permission for a community legacy project at Goodison Park.

It follows a special committee meeting with Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale and stadium development director Colin Chong about the plans.

Premier League club Everton FC have been at Goodison Park since 1892 and have been looking for a new home 25 years. The new stadium will have a capacity for 52,888 fans.

The plans, which equate to a £750 million investment and could create up to 15,000 jobs, will be referred to the housing secretary to see if he wants to call them in.

Wendy Simon, acting Mayor of Liverpool, welcomed the approval. “The club has undertaken a huge amount of work to understand the many ecological, transport and heritage issues connected to this site and I applaud their approach to listen to all the relevant bodies to help inform their design.

“This resolution to approve is a big step forward for the club to realise a 25-year dream to relocate from Goodison Park, and this development would unquestionably be a dynamic catalyst for our wider ambition to regenerate this long-neglected part of North Liverpool and create much-needed jobs.

“Of course, we now await feedback from the secretary of state on whether he wishes to call in the application for determination, but the city council is committed to supporting a development that will economically benefit this city for decades to come and help fast-track our post-pandemic recovery and our City Plan.”

Real estate adviser CBRE worked with Everton FC on the application. The firm says the stadium would act as a “much-needed catalyst for the regeneration of north Liverpool” and contribute £1.3 billion to the economy.

Under the plans, the stadium has the potential to host up to four concerts a year as well as weddings, funerals, Christmas parties and conferences.

The outline planning permission for Goodison Park could see affordable housing, a health centre and retail and leisure space delivered there.

Historic England objected to the new stadium, stating that it could harm the city’s heritage. The Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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