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Everton’s proposed new £ 500 million stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has taken a significant step closer to becoming a reality, with a planning report from Liverpool City Council recommending approval of the project.
A nearly 200-page report on plans for a 52,888-capacity stadium looks positive. It will be located within the historic docks of the city, a World Heritage Site.
And the report called the app a “significant event in the city’s history.” The report found that Everton’s proposals “have broad popular support across the board” and that “substantial public benefits far outweigh any property damage.”
The plans they will now be considered at a special planning committee meeting on February 23rd. If approved, they will automatically be forwarded to the central government for a final decision.
If all goes well, the club expects to be on site no later than this summer to begin construction. Is it is expected to take three years, which means the Toffees could be in their new home in time for 2024-25.
The central issue in considering the plans has been the location of the site. The club said it was the only viable option of the 52 considered.
Although the stadium has gained wide public support, the heritage body ICOMOS has raised objections. They act on behalf of UNESCO, as well as the Victorian Society and historic England.
The report concludes that the plans could generate “property benefits” as well as damages. That would be “enhancing degraded in situ heritage assets, improving access to the World Heritage site and unlocking access to history.”
Reds fans on board
A major public consultation involving more than 63,000 people found strong support for the project. Pass rates of 80% or more were recorded in all demographic groups, including Liverpool fans.
The club has argued that the project can play a key role in Liverpool’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The stadium and a multipurpose redevelopment of Goodison Park will generate a £ 1.3 billion boost to the local economy.
The planning app would allow Everton to host up to four major events, such as concerts or other sporting events, each year. If Liverpool City Council approves the project, the plans will be forwarded to Robert Jenrick.
He is Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and has 21 days to make a final decision. The club would then finalize funding and a construction schedule.
The 150 work week estimate takes into account the impact of current restrictions due to the pandemic.
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