Everton CEO, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, sent the following email to supporters today after the Club's planning applications for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park were unanimously approved by Liverpool City Council.
Following my email update on our stadium project last week, I wanted to share with you the outcome from today’s meeting (Tuesday, 23 February) of Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee.
I am pleased to inform you that the Committee unanimously supported the recommendation of the Planning Officer and has now approved our plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and outline plans for a legacy project on the site of Goodison Park.
This is a significant step forward for our project - and news I am sure every Evertonian will welcome. It is also a huge boost to our city and city region.
The planning consent from the City Council means that our application will now be referred to Government - a standard procedure for an application of such scale. The Government will have an initial 21 days to review the plans and make its decision.
Once that process has concluded - and provided it is a positive outcome - we can press ahead with the plans we have developed over the last few years.
I am sure you are aware of how important a new stadium will be for us - providing the state-of-the-art facilities befitting of an ambitious Premier League club – as well as the important role it can play in boosting our local economy at a time when it’s never been more needed.
The project, which will be one the most significant infrastructure projects our city has seen in many years and one of the largest single site developments in the country at this time, will provide a £1.3bn boost to the local economy and deliver more than 15,000 jobs.
If we achieve the final planning approval we have all worked so hard for, then we be in a position to complete our funding arrangements and confirm our schedule for the build process at Bramley-Moore Dock.
On behalf of our Board of Directors I would like to express our gratitude to Liverpool City Council and its officers for their hard work and dedication in reviewing one of the biggest planning applications in the history of our city.
I also want to reiterate my appreciation to you. The ongoing positive contribution and patience displayed throughout this journey by Evertonians has been such a huge factor in the progress we have made to this point.
As I have made clear throughout this process, I will ensure you are fully updated at each stage of this important project for your Club and our city region.
With my thanks and best wishes,