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Liverpool FC set to propose Anfield expansion

Words: Huw Morris
Anfield Road End, Liverpool Football Club / Shutterstock_59797945

Liverpool Football Club is poised to submit a planning application to redevelop and expand its Anfield Road stand this week.

The planning application was paused in the spring because of uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the plans, the capacity of the Anfield Road stand would be increased by around 7,000 seats – taking the stadium’s capacity above 61,000.

The club is also seeking permanent permission to hold concerts and major events at the stadium as part of the application.

Proposals for the Anfield Road stand have already gone through two stages of public consultation.

The first stage, launched 12 months ago, included the permanent closure of a small section of Anfield Road, in line with the original planning permission granted in 2014. A second consultation was held in February, during which the club presented new and updated plans including keeping Anfield Road open, with the road realigned around the footprint of the proposed expanded stand. More than 700 responses were received during the consultation.

“We have been clear from the start that the expansion would be based on three things: financial viability and sustainability, the successful navigation of the complex planning landscape and with the cooperation of local residents and the community,” said Liverpool FC managing director Andy Hughes. 

“We feel that we now have a proposal that has been informed by our neighbours, will support the wider economy and provide an opportunity for more of our fans to come to Anfield to support our great team.

“The last nine months without fans in our stadium has driven home our commitment to making Anfield accessible to more fans than ever before and while a high level of uncertainty remains around Covid-19, we would like to be in a position to move ahead with the proposed redevelopment as soon as the time is right, which is why we’ve decided to move forward with submitting the planning application.”

Liverpool City Council is expected to make a decision on the application next spring.

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