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New Everton stadium primed for go-ahead

Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool has been recommended for approval by planners.

Everton’s plans for the 52,888-seat stadium, which will sit within Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters site and forms part of the city’s newly launched North Shore vision, would have a transformational impact on North Liverpool.

A new stadium and a legacy project at Goodison Park will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city’s semi-derelict northern docklands, contributing a £1 billion boost to the region’s economy, creating up to 15,000 jobs and attracting 1.5 million visitors to the city each year.

Everton CEO, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, wrote to the club’s supporters to update them on the latest developments. She said:

We [have] received confirmation that the Liverpool City Council hearing to decide on our planning application for the stadium – and our plans for a legacy project on the site of Goodison Park – will take place next week (Tuesday, 23 February).

The report by the City Council’s Planning Officer, which will be reviewed at the meeting next week, has also been published.

I am pleased to let you know that the Planning Officer, following a very thorough review of our application, is recommending that the Committee approves our plans.

Stadium director Colin Chong and I will be presenting the Club’s case at the meeting next week to underline how important this stadium is – not only to our football club but also to our city, our region and our country at such an unprecedented time in our history.

If the Planning Committee agree with the recommendations of the report at the meeting next week, then the next step will be for the application to be referred to the Secretary of State – a standard procedure for an application of such scale.