Everton FC will launch a public consultation on its plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock next month with the club aiming to submit a planning application for the stadium, along with the redevelopment of Goodison Park, in the second half of 2019.
The consultation will launch on Thursday 15 November for a three-week period, and will survey members of the public on their views for the new stadium, as well as the redevelopment of the club’s former stadium at Goodison Park, which could include homes along with health, business, and education facilities.
Named ‘The People’s Project’, there will be consultation events held at a variety of locations including Liverpool One, Liverpool Shopping Park, Birkenhead, and New Brighton. There will also be a fixed public exhibition space at the Blue Base on Salop Street near Goodison Park.
The results of the consultation will feed in to the planning applications for both sites, which are expected to be submitted in the second half of 2019.
There will also be a further public consultation next summer, after which the club will present its proposed design for the stadium along with its proposals for the Goodison Park site.
Overall, the club predicts the new stadium and the redevelopment of Goodison Park could create a £1bn boost to the local economy, around 12,000 construction jobs, and business rates income of £1.4m per year.
Last week, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said the stadium was an “opportunity to regenerate on a wider scale” with options surrounding the site including hotels, leisure, and transport links. The club is also understood to have sounded out potential construction partners to deliver the stadium, including Lendlease, which Place North West revealed was in talks with Everton earlier this year.
Denise Barrett-Baxendale, chief executive of Everton said: “This consultation marks a very significant moment as we progress with this project. We would like as many people as possible – and not just football fans – to take part and let us know their views.
“Our ambition is not just to create a new home for a very proud and historic football club but also a new landmark stadium, in an iconic setting, which will deliver huge regeneration benefits for the whole of the Liverpool City Region.
“We have deep roots in L4 and are committed to building on the extensive investment we have already made in the area. We are preparing plans to redevelop the existing stadium site to create facilities which will benefit the whole community, creating jobs and improving lives.”
Stadium development director Colin Chong added: “Our proposals are about to enter a new and very important stage as we begin this formal public consultation period. We and our advisers are stepping up our dialogue with a range of stakeholders as we progress our designs.
“We know everyone is very keen to see images of what the stadium might look like and we look forward to sharing them next year. We will abide by a careful and considered process that respects all stakeholders’ interests. This is a multi-faceted project and it is important that we do everything required to ensure our planning application, when it’s made, stands the best chance of success.
“The Club has already carried out a huge amount of work to get us to our current position, making sure any scheme we develop is right for the Club, the fans and for the city region as a whole. This is a long and methodical process and the public consultation forms an important part of this.”
Darran Lawless, development director at Peel Land and Property, for Liverpool Waters said: “Our mission to regenerate and revitalise a once-forgotten area of Liverpool is very much aligned with Everton Football Club’s, which is why we would encourage local people to have their say during this consultation period.
“Developing the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which sits within our Northern Docks neighbourhood, is just one of many exciting developments happening across our 2.3 km site along Liverpool’s famous waterfront. Being located at Liverpool Waters, will ensure Everton’s new stadium will be well-placed amongst a number of residential, commercial and leisure facilities, which will completely transform this entire area ensuring it is a must visit destination.”