Everton have been given planning permission to build a new 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock; the application now passes to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government; Everton could potentially play there in the 2024-25 season Everton have been granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Due to the scale of the development, the detailed application for the 52,888-capacity ground now passes to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick's office for consideration.
If there is no objection at that level, and the proposals do not get "called in" for scrutiny higher up in Government, then the club would look to start work this spring or early summer. There is a 150-week build plan in place which will potentially see the Toffees start the 2024-25 season in their new riverside stadium.
After a number of false starts over several years, Everton considered 52 locations to move to from Goodison Park and Bramley-Moore Dock was deemed the only viable option.
The project has gained widespread public support although objections were raised by heritage body ICOMOS, acting on behalf of UNESCO, as well as the Victorian Society and Historic England - with the latter having had input on the design. But the council's report concluded the plans - which integrate a number of historic features - could actually deliver "heritage benefits" by "enhancing degraded on-site heritage assets, improving access to the World Heritage Site and unlocking access to the 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 a £1.3 billion boost to the local economy.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright hailed the decision as a significant step in the club's future. "Whilst today is just one more step in our long journey, it is a very important one," he told evertonfc.com.
"It's been a good week for Everton and Evertonians."
The club also received planning permission for their community-led legacy project at Goodison Park, which includes housing, a health centre, green spaces, retail and business facilities.
That too must go to the Secretary of State but, if there are no objections, Everton will have to begin work within three years of the club moving off the site which has been their home since 1892.
The Government has requested more time to consider the planning proposal for Everton’s new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.
Liverpool City Councillors heard the club’s proposals for its £505m new ground at a special planning committee meeting on February 23.
It was passed unanimously, as was the legacy plan for the Blues’ current Goodison Park home.
As a matter of course the scheme was then passed on for consideration by the Secretary of State, given the size of the development.
This normally takes 21 days, but Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has now requested an extension.
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “This instruction has been accepted in accordance with national planning law.”
During the planning committee councillors spoke warmly of the proposals. Closing the meeting, chair Cllr O’Brien, thanked the committee for its time and patience, adding: “I hope that’s going to be taken into account when this matter is going to be passed to the Secretary of State, who may or may not decide to call it in.
“But I think the very extensive debate and really excellent groundwork that has been done by our own planning officers and Everton Football Club, who I think have really demonstrated that they are a power for good in our community, is all going to be taken into account.”
Mr Jenrick, could decide to call in the proposed 52,888-seater stadium.
Despite its clear passage through local planning, and overwhelming support as part of wide-ranging public consultation, there have been objections from heritage groups.
Heritage England and the Victorian Society have spoken against the scheme, including the in-filling of the dock area, although Everton said the design allows for this to be restored should they move in the future.
UNESCO is already at loggerheads with the council over development of the waterfront area which forms part of its World Heritage status.
Should Mr Jenrick call in the scheme it would delay it by several months while it was considered by a planning inquiry, which could, ultimately, reject the proposals.
However, during the planning committee meeting, councillors constantly reiterated that the benefits the development could bring would far outweigh any damage to heritage assets.
Everton say the plans will help create 15,000 local jobs and attract 1.4 million visitors each year.
And, ahead of the vote in the three-hour long planning hearing, Liverpool City Council planning officer, Peter Jones, outlined the Grade II-listed elements of the site, but told councillors: “Heritage should not be treated as an embargo on development.”
Everton next steps at new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium revealed with £22.5m deal to finalise verton have cleared a major hurdle in their hopes of building a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock after the government decided not to intervene in their planning application.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government had reviewed the club's planning application after it was unanimously approved by Liverpool City Council last month.
But earlier today, it was confirmed that Robert Jenrick will not be looking at the club's plans any further and has handed them back to the local authority.
But before the Blues can begin construction work on the 52,888 ground, which is expected to take around three years to build, the club still have to finalise a number of areas relating to the project.
Everton hope to begin work before the second-half of 2021 and here we look at the next steps they must take before arriving on-site....
Liverpool City Council sign-off
Although Everton won unanimous approval from the Council's planning committee last month, they still require written confirmation that their application has been approved.
The news of the government's decision not to intervene in the project is understood to have been sent to planning officer Peter Jones, via email, before the decision was passed onto the club.
Written confirmation of planning approval is a formality but Everton still need to have it before they begin work on the waterfront site.
There is also the possibility of an appeal to the government's decision and a judicial review taking place.
The most significant item on Everton's to-do-list is to finalise the borrowing of around £300m.
Farhad Moshri has already pledged to pump in £100m to the project while a naming rights deal - with USM holding the option on that - also goes into the pot.
But the bulk of the £500m cost will come from the private sector.
Everton will go back and hold further talks with their shortlist of lenders before making a decision on which deal to sign.
The process is expected to take at least a couple of months. Contractor
In February of last year, Everton confirmed they had chosen Laing O'Rourke as the club's "preferred" contractor to carry out the build of their new stadium.
And so the Blues must now formalise their agreement with Laing O'Rourke to make them the official contractor for the project.
Everton also have to thrash out a detailed build schedule and once that is complete, the club will be able to offer an update on the expected costs of building a new stadium.
Four years ago this week, Everton announced they had agreed a deal in principle with Peel for the plot of land at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Everton have, effectively, been in control of the land ever since but the club officially taking hold of the land was dependent on planning approval.
A deal, believed to be worth £22.5m, is now going to be finalised.
Post by Everton News. on Mar 26, 2021 23:03:26 GMT
EVERTON STADIUM PLANS RECEIVE GOVERNMENT APPROVAL
Everton’s plans to develop a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in the north of Liverpool can proceed after the Club’s planning application received government approval.
Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has been reviewing the Club’s plans since last month.
That Government review, standard practice for a development of the size and scale of Everton’s stadium plans, was conducted after Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee had unanimously approved the plans on February 23.
The Club received written confirmation of the Secretary of State’s approval for the plans today.
The decision to approve a new 52,888-capacity waterfront arena allows the Club to complete its agreed acquisition of the site from Peel L&P and the funding solution for the project, ensuring the club can begin to make the plans a reality.
It is estimated that the stadium development and plans for a Goodison Legacy will deliver a £1.3bn boost to the economy, create more than 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors to the city.
On such a momentous day, the football club would like to thank every Evertonian, along with the many organisations, the tens of thousands of people across the city region and the team of dedicated staff who have played a vital role in ensuring the Club reached today's milestone.