BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool City Council approves Everton’s planning proposal for the 52,000-seat, 500-million-pound Bramley Moore Stadium as they move one step closer to sealing the exit from Goodison Park
- Liverpool City Council approved Everton’s offer for a new £ 500m stadium
- Everton plans to build a 52,000-seat stadium at the Bramley Moore Dock
- It is hoped that work on the stadium could be completed by 2023 or 2024
Everton’s application for a new £ 500m stadium at Bramley Moore Dock has been approved by Liverpool City Council.
In September last year, new designs for the stadium with a capacity of 52,888 spectators were published. Tuesday’s city council ruling means that Everton’s departure from Goodison Park has taken a huge step forward.
The council unanimously approved the proposal for the new stadium and hopes that Everton can complete the work between 2023 and 2024.
Everton has received approval from Liverpool City Council for a proposed new stadium worth £ 500m
The eye-catching designs were well received and given the green light at a meeting on Tuesday
Sefton Borough Council expressed its broad support for Everton’s proposal, believing the stadium has significant potential to provide opportunities for the local economy and regenerate the region.
Eleven city councilors announced the important ruling on Tuesday as they deliberated on plans that were originally tabled in December 2019 before an updated version was filed in September 2020.
Cllr Steve Radford said he was “absolutely impressed” with the club’s presentation.
The process now dictates that given the scale of the project, the plans go to Secretary of State Robert Jenrick’s office. However, local approval of the proposals is a huge step forward for development.
Everton’s current home, Goodison Park, is in a residential area and is difficult to regenerate
The proposed 52,000-seat stadium will be located at the port of Bramley-Moore
Everton believes that world-class development will regenerate the city’s semi-derelict northern Docklands, boosting the local economy by £ 1 billion, creating up to 15,000 jobs and 1.5 million visitors to the city each year lures.
In a statement posted on the club’s website in September, Stadium Development Director Colin Chong said, “We have made further improvements to one of the country’s most exciting development projects.
‘Working closely with Liverpool City Council and all of our key stakeholders, we have refined our plans to ensure a better connection between the stadium and the river.
‘The public step square will be a quality start and end to the planned river walk and a destination that will benefit both the local community and non-match day visitors to the city.
The club says the new location will help regenerate the semi-derelict area of the city’s docks
“This will be a transformational development not only for North Liverpool but also for the Northern Powerhouse.”
Everton has been in their current home at Goodison Park since 1892, making the Stanley Park venue one of the oldest in English football.
Chong, one of two officials who spoke on behalf of Everton at the meeting, added that a major reason behind the development plans is the increased demand for matchday tickets that they cannot meet.
Goodison is surrounded by houses in a residential area and it is not possible to redevelop the current location.
It is hoped that work on the site can begin in the summer of 2021 in order to be ready for the start of the 2024-25 campaign.