The first-stage public consultation, a significant milestone, in Everton Football Club’s proposals for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led redevelopment of Goodison Park opens tomorrow morning.
Under the campaign name The People’s Project, the consultation will tour the city region for three weeks, visiting various locations in Liverpool and Wirral. The consultations will give members of the public an opportunity to have their say on the principle of Bramley-Moore Dock becoming the site of Everton’s new stadium and the Club’s plans to leave a sustainable legacy at Goodison Park.
A second-stage public consultation on the Club’s detailed stadium designs and high-level plans for Goodison Park will be held in the summer of 2019 which will lead to the submission of planning applications in the second half of 2019.
Colin Chong, Everton’s Stadium Development Director, said: “The start of the formal public consultation is a key milestone in our plan to build a new home for the Club at Bramley-Moore Dock, as well as develop a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.
“The People’s Project will deliver a £1bn boost to the local economy, create around 15,000 jobs and increase tourism visitor numbers to Liverpool. The knock-on effect of a stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will also kick-start the Liverpool Waters waterfront development and extend into the Ten Streets creative development.
“We encourage and welcome people from across the city region to engage with the consultation and share their views.”
The public consultation will run from Thursday 15 November until Saturday 1 December and can be accessed at the following locations:
15-16 November: Blue Base. Salop Street, L4 4BZ (in Blue Base car park) 11am-5pm.
17 November: Edge Lane. Liverpool Shopping Park, Edge Lane, L13 1EW. 11am-5pm.
18 November: Speke. New Mersey Retail Park, Speke Road, L24 8QB. 11am-5pm.
19-20 November: Liverpool One. Paradise Street (outside JD Sports). 9.30am-8pm.
21-23 November: Liverpool One. Thomas Steers Way (outside Hilton Hotel). 9.30am-8pm.
26-27 November: Liverpool One. Paradise Street (outside JD Sports). 9.30am-8pm.
28-30 November: Liverpool One. Thomas Steers Way (outside Hilton Hotel). 9.30am-8pm.
1 December: New Brighton. Fort Perch Rock, CH45 2JU (in the car park). 11am-5pm.
For residents living in Liverpool 4 and around Goodison Park, a consultation leading on the Club’s intention to leave a sustainable legacy is open at The Blue Base, Monday to Friday, for two weeks.
Blue Base Salop Street, Liverpool, L4 4BZ
• Monday 19 & 26 November – 3.30pm-7.30pm
• Tuesday 20 & 27 November – 7.30am-10:30am
• Wednesday 21 & 28 November – 8am-10.30am
• Thursday 22 & 29 November – 9.30am-4.30pm
• Friday 23 & 30 November – 12pm-5pm
For anyone unable to attend the formal public consultations, the People’s Project campaign website contains information on the consultation activities and will be the place for information relating to the construction of a new stadium in an iconic riverfront setting as well as the development of community-led amenities which could include homes, health, business and education facilities at Goodison Park.
Visitors to the website can also complete a short online survey that will also be available at the exhibition.
The first round of public consultations on Everton FC's proposed new stadium have completed, with chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale noting the club's ambition to create a "landmark" venue.
The 19-day exercise ran under The People's Project campaign name and marked the start of the formal process which will lead to the submission of planning applications for both Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park in the second half of next year.
The public had the opportunity to attend a series of roadshows across the city region and were asked for their views on the principles of Bramley-Moore Dock being developed as the site of a new stadium, as well as plans for a community-led legacy at their current home.
Everton plan to release the findings of the first-stage consultation survey in February 2019.
Chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: "Our ambition is to create a new home for our football club which will drive new levels of profile, commercial opportunity and on-field success.
"At the same time, a new landmark stadium in an iconic waterfront setting – coupled with our continued commitment to Liverpool 4 through community-led regeneration at Goodison Park – will deliver a significant social, economic and cultural boost for the entire city region. The People's Project represents a unique opportunity by delivering a £1bn boost to the economy, 15,000 jobs and 1.5million new visitors to the city, as well as regenerating north Liverpool."
Stadium development director Colin Chong added: "We've had many stimulating conversations relating to a whole range of different aspects of these two significant projects and have been very pleased with the response we've received so far. With the first-stage consultation complete, we now enter a busy period preparing for the next stage of the campaign.
"We know that Evertonians, as well as everyone we have engaged with, are keen to see our stadium plans and we are on-track to publicly present our designs as part of our second-stage public consultation in the summer of 2019."
Everton will propose a ground holding 52,000 when they submit a planning application for Bramley-Moore Dock next year according to an announcement made today. That conservative figure would represent an increase of over 12,000 on the present seating capacity of Goodison Park but it is significantly smaller than the 60,000 mark that has proven to be the most popular number during informal polling of supporters.
The proposal will provide for expanding the stadium to 62,000 at a later date, a possibility that previously wasn't thought to be open to the club given the constraints of the site.
"It is important to stress that this is our 'proposed' capacity and it is what we are currently working towards," said stadium director Colin Chong.
"We believe that our approach is the right one because it is commercially and financially sustainable and will mean that, in the long term, we will be able to increase the capacity should there be a demand and requirement to do so."