Council’s planning committee approve Everton’s stadium move

Everton FC’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park have been unanimously approved.

Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee hosted a special meeting, with Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong presenting the Club’s plans for Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park.

The two hour meeting ended with the councillors confirming their approval for the plans, which equate to a £750m investment potentially creating upto 15,000 jobs.

Today’s decision to grant approval for a new 52,888-capacity waterfront stadium and the outline application for a £82m scheme to redevelop Goodison Park brings both projects a significant step closer.

Cllr Wendy Simon, Acting Mayor of Liverpool, said: “I welcome the planning committee’s resolution to approve Everton FC’s application to build a new stadium on Bramley Moore Dock.

“The club has undertaken a huge amount of work to understand the many ecological, transport and heritage issues connected to this site and I applaud their approach to listen to all the relevant bodies to help inform their design.

“This resolution to approve is a big step forward for the club to realise a 25 year dream to relocate from Goodison Park, and this development would unquestionably be a dynamic catalyst for our wider ambition to regenerate this long neglected part of North Liverpool and create much needed jobs.

“Of course, we now await feedback from the Secretary of State on whether he wishes to call in the application for determination but the city council is committed to supporting a development that will economically benefit this city for decades to come and help fast-track our post-pandemic recovery and our City Plan.”

Following the City Council’s resolution to approve, the plans will be referred to the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government. This is standard practice for a development of this size and scale.

The Government will have an initial 21 days to review the application before reaching a decision.