Everton could begin work on its new stadium project earlier than expected through a planning application submitted separately to the main development.
The club has sought permission from Liverpool City Council to undertake remediation works on the riverside site at Bramley-Moore Dock. If granted, some work could begin on the project while more complex and potentially lengthy discussions about the full stadium plan continue.
The Liverpool Echo reports that the Premier League club is hoping to have a decision from Liverpool City Council’s planning department on their full application to build the new 52,888 capacity ground at some point next month.
Under the separate application, Everton Stadium Development Limited is asking for the go-ahead to create three openings in the wall along Regent Road, to reconstruct salvaged stonework and the creation of gate structures at the new entrances.
Also included in the submission is the creation of new drainage connections, the repair of timber gates and remediation works to be carried out on walls and turrets, with essential repair work and cleaning part of that.
The public consultation on this planning application closes on November 20 but no date has been set for it to be heard by the authority’s planning committee.
Everton unveiled amended designs for the new stadium in September in the wake of objections from heritage groups concerned about the redevelopment of what is a World Heritage Site.
Everton, who have played at Goodison Park since 1892, hope to relocate to the new venue by 2023. The club has named Laing O’Rourke as its preferred building contractor, with Pattern as the project’s technical architect. Buro Happold and Planit-IE have been retained as engineering consultants and landscape architects respectively.
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