Plans submitted for new Everton stadium

Tesco and Everton FC have submitted a planning application to Knowsley council for their £400m regeneration of Kirkby town centre.

The hybrid planning application for Destination Kirkby includes a detailed application for a new 50,000-seat stadium for Everton, a new 24-hour Tesco Extra store and around 50 additional High Street shops.

The application includes a series of development opportunities in the existing town centre. These include a leisure development and a significant investment into the existing Kirkby Market facilities. Specific designs for Tesco's proposed six-figure investment into the Kirkby Market would be agreed in advance of a detailed planning application being submitted.

Around £10m of road improvements and further funding for boundary treatments designed to lessen the impact of the development on surrounding neighbourhoods are also catered for in the application.

Outline consent is sought for new commercial and leisure developments that could include a hotel, new bars, restaurant and family attractions.

Tony Fletcher, Tesco public affairs manager, said: "We have been working on the Destination Kirkby planning application for the past ten months and we believe that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a development of truly international significance in the heart of Kirkby.

"We have consulted widely on our suggestions and have received valuable feedback not least from the people of Kirkby who have attended exhibitions and meetings with us.

"We will now enter an extended period of consultation with the council and will continue to seek feedback from residents on our application.

"We hope that the planning committee will consider the application in the late spring of 2008 and depending the outcome of that and subsequent feedback from the Government Office North West, we hope to be in a position to start construction work in 2008."

Liverpool City Council opposes Everton's relocation from Goodison Park and is seeking ways to prevent the move from happening.

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