Everton Stadium East Stand
Conservation bodies have objected to the "harmful" plans

Tweaked Everton stadium plans open to public

Dan Whelan

Residents, stakeholders and local businesses have until 22 October to have their say on Everton FC’s updated proposals for a £500m, 53,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. 

The consultation launch follows the club’s submission of amended proposals to Liverpool City Council in response to discussions with statutory consultees, which raised concerns over the scheme due to its location within the city’s World Heritage Site.

The design tweaks include: 

  • Decreasing the overall height of the stadium 
  • Scrapping the proposed multistorey car park attached to the West Stand 
  • Introducing a stepped plaza facing the River Mersey in place of the car park 

Earlier this month, Liverpool City Council launched the North Shore Vision planning framework, aimed at guiding development within the World Heritage Site to facilitate economic growth while seeking to maintain the city’s Unesco World Heritage status.  

The amendments to the stadium’s design were made in conformity with the North Shore framework. 

Everton West Stand Updated

The stepped area of public realm replaces a planned car park

However, conservation groups Historic England and the Victorian Society have objected to the proposals to infill the protected dock. Their objections have been met with anger by those who believe the stadium would bring economic growth to the city, including the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. 

Everton, working alongside consultancies CBRE and Simetrica, estimate that the stadium project could deliver at least a £1.3bn boost to the economy, create more than 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m visitors to Liverpool.

A decision on the planning application is expected before the end of the year and Everton hopes to start on site early in 2021 subject to consent. 

Everton’s stadium development director Colin Chong said: “As we enter the conclusion of the planning phase of the project, our submission is the culmination of a significant amount of work and extreme care that ensures our stadium proposals not only enhance Bramley-Moore Dock, but also the surrounding area. 

“A new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock would be truly transformational for North Liverpool, the city region and the Northern Powerhouse.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a difference to the future of our city. I would ask everyone, even if you are not a football fan, to consider this final planning application and submit your comments to the council at this important moment.” 

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Get it built

By Anonymous

In a time when every city is going to need all the investment it can get, is there actually even one reasonable, cogent, sensible reason to say no to this?

By Nve

Potentially stunning public realm.

Just need to get the highest quality envelope / roofing / glazing they can afford…because it’s so easy to make a good stadium look bad with the wrong envelope / cheap façade.

First premier league game in new gaff: Saturday 10th August 2024 3pm ko.

By North by North-West

How do we submit our answers to the council? Is there an email address? This needs to be done as it will be so beneficial to the city

By David

I don’t want Everton football to move why can’t they try and go up and improve Goodison park and keep the team in Walton, they are destroying the area, as soon as they announced they were moving the area as gone downhill, pubs and shops closed due to not having the people who normal spend money on match days. They can’t fill Goodison park on match days.

By Rosemarie Bruns

Get this built and tell the yoghurt-knitters to get stuffed.

Have they ever walked around this dock? It’s a wind-swept kip and whatever heritage aspects remain are all to be preserved and enhanced.

By Sceptical

The waterway should be kept open; Dutch-style lifting bridges. Otherwise that dock, if blocked off, will turn into a litter pond. And don’t forget to dredge the flotsam and jetsom every quarter year. The football fanatics will chuck all sorts in.

By James Yates

@David via the City Council website. Search planning applications for number 20F/0001. You’re welcome.

By Bob Allatt

Meanwhile Manchester gets a second stadium approved.

We’ve got to rid the city of the heritage nuts, who’s main aim in life appears to be to halt the progress of Liverpool. We need to grab the status quo by its gangoolies and break it. We’ve got to stop the small town mentality and be seen as a city to be invested in.

For the good of Liverpool, this stadium must be built.

By Michael McDonut

The public realm around this stadium is top draw, once the area around it gets developed, a lot of it probably on the back of this, then what a transformation that part of the waterfront is going to have. I can’t wait, get it built.

By Anonymous

I would urge UNESCO to adopt a flexible and creative approach that takes into account the transformative effect this stadium development will have on our city. This is not just a football stadium, it will open up half a mile of the neglected north docklands to millions more visitors. It will bring new life to the surrounding area and to the whole city. Millions of visitors will be able to appreciate much more of Liverpool’s waterfront, and will have much greater opportunity to learn about our city’s pivotal role in the development of world commerce.

By Red Squirrel

Great the sooner the better. We’ve waited long enough.

By Stewart Parkinson

They’ll find a new excuse to stall it.

Wait and see.

By Michael McDonut

Heritage? What heritage? Nobody really cares about a knackered old dock and and a water tower. Only people who want to believe Liverpool is some sort of world renowned metropolis seem to think this important. In reality nobody is flocking here to gawp at bit of derelict wall. Fill it in and build something useful on it, stadium, houses, a car park even. Anything has got to be better than its current state.

By Liverpool realist

City centre congestion, potential football violence and noise. Still, if it keeps the pro development at any cost types happy, many of whom for some bizarre reason seem to live outside the city.

By Bixteth Boy

The city needs this as well as the wider Liverpool waters scheme,to attract investment and create much needed jobs.

By J.Beattie

Hope the ground is going to go up to 62.000 or over that, because if you only go to 53.000, then what happens, when more fans wanted to get in to the ground, or even more and more, also what about a roof to got on top, which can go back and forward to protect the fans and the pitch, have more noise inside the ground,

By glenn hayhurst