Liverpool City Council hasunanimously approved Everton’s plan to build a new £500 million ($703m) stadium atBramley-Moore Dock.
The plan will now be sent for approval by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, with the club hoping to begin construction by the spring or summer.
The Toffees have been at Goodison Park since 1892 and a report sent to the city council said the club want a new stadium to”keep pace with Premier League competitors and prosper”.
Goodison Park holds 39,414 fans, so a new stadium would allow the club to earn more money from matches, with the new stadiumpotentially able to expand to a capacity of 62,000.
Everton are looking to consistently compete for the top-six spots in the Premier League and the European places that come with them, and the club believea new stadium will be key in achieving that goal.
“Whilst today is just one more step in our long journey, it is a very important one,”Everton chairman Bill Kenwrighttold Everton’s official website.
“Farhad Moshiri, club co-owner and I would like to thankDenise Barrett-Baxendale, clubCEOand Colin Chong,stadium development director and their dedicated team for the extraordinary hard work and commitment that has got us to today.
“We are also enormously grateful to the many organisations and tens of thousands of individuals across the city region who have given us their feedback, ideas and support along the way. It’s been a good week for Everton and Evertonians.”
The club has said it is “standard practice” to send the plan for approvalby the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, with a decision expected within 21 days.
The club are hoping to begin construction by the spring or summer, with an aim toward opening the new stadium in time for the 2024-25 season.
Part of Everton’s plan involved transforming Goodison Park witha multi-purpose redevelopment plan, which includesnew housing, a multi-purpose health centre, community-led retail and leisure spaces, and a youth enterprise zone.
Source : goal.com