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Everton Stadium on track for 2019 planning application

Charlie Schouten

Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year.

The latest proposals for the stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, designed by architect by Dan Meis, feature a a 52,000-capacity stadium clad with brick, steel, and glass, featuring four stands. The largest of these will house up to 13,000 spectators while lower tiers in the North and South stands have the potential for safe standing.

There are proposals for extensive public realm around the stadium for matchdays and non-matchdays, with the creation of a waterway to connect the stadium with the docks, and a new multi-storey car park along the river Mersey.

A fan plaza, around the same size as Liverpool’s Pier Head, is planned to the east of the stadium.

At the same time, the club has also put forward plans to redevelop its existing Goodison Park home into uses including housing and healthcare.

Everton confirmed it was “on track” to submit the application for the stadium, which will be in full, and the outline application for Goodison will be put forward by the end of this year. The two schemes together have been dubbed “The People’s Project” by the football club.

Two rounds of public consultation, one in November and December last year, and another this summer, generated more than 63,000 responses, with the club claiming it to be the largest commercial public consultation in the history of Liverpool.

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The second round of consultation, focussed on details designs of the stadium and the regeneration of Goodison, attracted more than 43,000 responses, with roadshows around the city region attended by around 15,000 people.

Colin Chong, Everton’s stadium development director said: “The interest and enthusiasm for The People’s Project has resulted in an unprecedented response to the consultation. We’re grateful to the thousands of Evertonians, fans of other clubs and people that don’t have an interest in football who took part and shared their views with us.

“We have been busy working our way through the tens of thousands of comments and ideas and analysing the results which will inform our proposals as we progress to submitting our planning applications before the end of the year.

“We’ve been really pleased with the scale of response and how our approach to engagement and public consultation on this project has been recognised as exemplar by industry experts.

Everton has already completed a lease agreement with Peel L&P to assume a 200-year lease on the dock, subject to the club receiving planning permission.

It is expected the stadium will take around three years to build with completion pencilled in for 2023. In March, the club confirmed the expected cost of the stadium had risen to £500m from an initial estimate of £300m.

This summer, London-based architect Pattern took over from Sheppard Robson as delivery architect for the project.

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A multi-storey carpark next to the river? What a waste of a first-rate site. Other folk would cut off bits of their body or bits of other folks bodys for a prime location like that.

By James Yates

Let’s hope that Peel ensure that other buildings planned for the Central Docks waterfront match up to the grandeur of the new stadium. Those currently being built around Waterloo Dock lack any imagination, and it would be unacceptable for the stadium to be used as a platform for the introduction of cheap and shoddy high rise flats.

By Alan G

If the final stadium looks anything like this, it can only be a good thing for the city: inspiring. I say this as a red.

By SpiritofSkankly

Hook it down before they decide to move it to our friends down the east lancs.

By MmcdWhingefest

how do cars get to the multi-story car park from the road, when the stadium, takes up all the with of the footprint?

By Anonymous

Let’s hope the team get themselves on track also! The stadium does look great, but i do also agree, it’s difficult to understand the placement of the car park (although the site is constrained), you also block partially the direct view of the stadium from the river.

By L17

Exciting times

By Anonymous

I’ll only believe it when I see it getting built everton have lied to the fans for 25 years so if this stadium goes ahead I’ll be amazed but I have very strong doubts about it why because its everton

By Jeffgillen

At 52,000 this will casting Everton FC into a permanent 2nd tier club. Spurs, who have only won the title twice in their history, had a wonderful 62,000 seater filling it out each game.

What planet are the leaders of EFC on?

By John

@James Yates
I fully agree. EFC should be securing the Garston Gasworks site, near Garston Docks, which has a 6 platform station 500 yards away with a plethora of duel carriageways converging onto Garston. There is also an airport next door and the new Mersey Gateway bridge not far away.

It tocks all the boxes.

By John

It’ll be the best stadium in the Championship.

By AJ

It’s good to see even here in the comments, Everton fans and other fans from clubs asking relevant questions, all of whi h have been answered before, except for two questions, but they are silly anyway and bitter.
I’m looking forward to seeing it complete and with a massive carpark it’ll mean traveling fans have somwhere secure to park aand no longer have to use those former derelict places and the park, very interested in seeing it complete, we do however need the team to step up aandd show us why they deserve to play in a new stadium. Good luck blues

By Dec

Still no news of a ferry connection to the wirrel.to avoid parking problems at the stadium.it will also decrease pollution in the imidiet area.

By Pointon kenneth

There’s one at the Pier Head for gods sake, it’s not that far away. @Pointonkenneth

By Anonymous

The people at the consultation told me that the reason the car park was at the river side, was that an open body of water linking the docks to the north and south was required to address heritage concerns. I assumed that if EFC had their way, they’d not use this part of the site in this way. It’s a compromise foisted on them. You have to be wowed by the design and equally underwhelmed by the capacity. @john, Garston train has left the station – choo choo

By Bob Alatt

@John – Everton cannot even fill Woodison so not sure how it will fill 52,000 seats let alone 62,000.

By coys

Cars don’t create pollution, it’s a hoax

By YS

James Yates, then why haven’t these “other folk” already bought and developed on this prime location among others?

By New Wave

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