Liverpool's plans to redevelop their first team training facilities took another step as they submitted a formal planning application for the site at Kirkby.
The scheme will see Liverpool leave their current training base at Melwood and merge first team and academy operations together on one site. A public consultation was held earlier in March revealing plans for an extensive redevelopment of the existing academy site. They will include a full-size indoor pitch, a new academy building and an upgrade to the main pitch with improved floodlighting and a 499-seater stand. The document submitted to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council also includes plans to upgrade community football pitches, changing rooms and car parking.
Liverpool have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the club's first-team training ground at Melwood for housing as part of the next step of its relocation to Kirkby. The club have applied for outline planning permission for up to 160 new homes on the site with plans already well advanced to move Jurgen Klopp's squad to a revamped site where the academy is currently based. 'LFC recognises that Melwood has played a significant role in the club's history but the site is limited in terms of space and is unable to accommodate the club's ambitions for a new first-class combined training facility,' said a statement by the club.
The application is expected to be determined by the council's planning committee later this year and if successful housing developers will be invited to bid to purchase the site.