Liverpool Football Club’s ground has been listed as a Community Asset.
Under the Localism Act 2011, the Council is obliged to consider applications received to list Assets of “Community Value.”
A number of criteria need to be met. These include whether its current use furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community, and there is a realistic prospect of such use continuing. Social interest includes cultural interests, recreational interests and sporting interests.
The council has considered the application to list Liverpool FC’s ground, and has sought independent legal advice before deciding to designate it as an asset of community value.
The listing means that if the current owners wish to sell the stadium within the next five years then Liverpool Supporters Union or any other community interest group will have a window of opportunity of up to six months to bid for the asset.
Liverpool FC joins other football clubs including Manchester United to have their grounds listed, and they have the right to appeal.