Everton have obtained planning permission from Liverpool City Council for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Due to the scale of the development, the detailed request for the land with a capacity of 52,888 is now forwarded to the office of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, for review.
If there are no objections at this level and the proposals are not “called” for further consideration within government, then the club would look to begin its work this spring or early in the year. summer.
A 150-week build plan is in place that will potentially see the Toffees start the 2024-25 season at their new riverside stadium.
After a number of false starts over several years, Everton considered moving 52 locations from Goodison Park and Bramley-Moore Dock was seen as the only viable option.
The project received wide public support, although objections were raised by heritage body ICOMOS, acting on behalf of UNESCO, as well as the Victorian Society and Historic England – the latter having contributed to the design. .
But the council’s report concludes that the plans – which incorporate a number of historic features – could in fact provide “heritage benefits” by “improving degraded heritage assets in place, improving access to the World Heritage site, and increasing access to the World Heritage site. unlocking access to history “.
Everton believe the new stadium can play a key role in Liverpool’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, with the stadium and a multi-purpose redevelopment of Goodison Park generating an increase of £ 1.3 billion for the local economy.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright hailed the move as an important step in the club’s future.
“While today is just one more step in our long journey, it is a very important step,” he said. evertonfc.com.
“It has been a good week for Everton and Evertonians.”
The club also received planning permission for its community-led legacy project at Goodison Park, which includes housing, a health center, green spaces, shopping and commercial facilities.
That too must go to the Secretary of State but, if there are no objections, Everton will have to start working within three years of leaving the club from the site which has been their home since 1892.