As Liverpool City Council’s public consultation in to Everton’s amended planning application gets underway, the FAQs below will help explain some of the key points around this consultation.
The consultation is being run by Liverpool City Council, so all comments have to be addressed to the local authority.
What is this consultation for?
As Everton submitted an amendment to its original planning application, in response to feedback from statutory consultees, the consultation is part of the formal planning process that needs to take place before Liverpool City Council makes its decision on the planning application.
This gives residents, local businesses, stakeholders and the general public the opportunity to give Liverpool City Council their views on Everton updated proposals.
How can I view the changes?
The full planning application including the amendments are available on the Liverpool City Council website http://northgate.liverpool.gov.uk/DocumentExplorer/Application/folderview.aspx?type=MVMPRD_DC_PLANAPP&key=1166800
What are the design changes that have been made?
The amendment to the application comes after the Club revealed the design changes to supporters last month [August] and addresses feedback from statutory consultees to the original planning application submitted in December 2019.
- Introduction of a stepped plaza allowing for the return of symmetry to the overall building whilst also offering a new covered area for stadium entry and enhanced river views to and from the West Stand
- The West Stand stepped plaza forming a key part of the sites public realm which can be used on non-matchdays
- Removal of the multi-storey car park leading to increased parking in the decluttered West Quay for disabled supporters
- Solar panels relocated from the West Quay to the south of the stadium roof
- Simplification of the brick façade making the tribute to the Archibald Leitch lattice work that is so synonymous with Goodison Park more obvious
- Reduction of the overall height of the stadium in line with Liverpool City Council’s World Heritage Site Supplementary Planning Document
What public benefits will the new stadium provide?
Documents submitted by Everton to Liverpool City Council show a further increase in the public benefits that could be delivered by a proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock as well as a community-led legacy development at Goodison Park.
Everton, working alongside CBRE and Simetrica estimate The People’s Project could:
- Deliver at least a £1.3billion boost to the economy
- Create more than the initially estimated 15,000 jobs
- Attract 1.4millon visitors to the city.
- See £32million of income go to local families who have members of their households working on the development.
- Generate £2.1million in Council Tax returns annually for Liverpool City Council
- Produce £1.7million of Busines Rates income per year
- Enhance Liverpool’s social, cultural and heritage offer as residents of the Liverpool City Region place a huge preferential value to spend some £219 million through Everton’s new stadium being developed as part of Liverpool’s North Shore vision.
How is the Club preserving and respecting the heritage of the site?
Bramley-Moore Dock is semi-derelict and sits behind locked gates next to a waste-water treatment plant.
The site’s status as a Liverpool UNESO World Heritage Site and Stanley Dock Conservation Area has been fundamental in how the project has been designed and planned.
Everton is working closely with Liverpool City Council, Historic England and other heritage bodies on its plans to bring a long-standing semi-derelict dockland site back into productive use.
Part of the Clubs plans is the commitment to:
- Maintain a water channel to the west of the stadium to ensure the visual continuity of the dock system – a key feature of the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site
- Preserve and restore the Grade II listed Hydraulic Tower to create a unique visitor attraction
- Retain and restore a range of the site’s historic features including capstans, cobbles, mooring posts and tram lines
- Preserve the dock walls under the stadium to ensure the site could be reverse engineered back into a dock if the Club were to ever move stadium in the distant future
Does the Club have the overwhelming support of the city?
This planning milestone follows a series of comprehensive public, fan and stakeholder engagement which has highlighted the overwhelming support for the proposals from:
- Local politicians including all city region MPs, the two mayors and local councillors in both the Kirkdale and Walton wards.
- National politicians in the House of Commons and the House of Lords as well as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
- Local authorities in Sefton, Wirral, Knowlsey, St Helens and Halton
- Local heritage group, including Merseyside Civic Society
- Local residents living near Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park
- The business and third sector community in the Liverpool City Region
- More than 60,000 people who took part in two public consultations run by Everton – regarded as the biggest commercial consultation to have ever taken place in the Liverpool City Region.
How can I submit my comments?
- Comments on the application need to be made in writing by 11:59pm on 22 October 2020 quoting the application reference number 20F/0001. Comments should be e-mailed to the dedicated council application e mail address email@example.com
- Comments can also be sent by post to The Planning Department, Liverpool City Council, 4th Floor, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1AH, quoting the application reference number 20F/0001.
What are the next steps?
It is anticipated that Liverpool City Council may need to convene a special planning committee meeting towards the end of the year to make its determination on what is one of the largest planning applications the local authority has ever recieved.
Subject to planning approval and finalising of funding packages – it is most likely that work could commence on-site in early 2021.
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