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Everton offer update on new stadium plans and result of public consultation

The Toffees confirm things remain on track for planning permission to be submitted before 2020

Everton have revealed that more than 43,000 people responded to the second stage consultation process for the club’s proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock over the summer, and things remain on schedule ahead of planning permission being submitted before the end of the year.

Combined with the number of people who responded to the first consultation process it means more than 63,000 have taken part, making it the largest public consultation in the history of the city of Liverpool.

Supporters offered their opinions not just on the proposed new stadium but also the legacy project at Goodison Park.

The results, which will be released next month, will be used to refine the club’s planning application which they hope to submit before the end of the year.

With planning permission hopefully granted early in 2020, the club will then look to begin building work next summer, with a three-year build time meaning the team hope to walking out in their new home in time for the 2023-24 campaign.

Though this latest update doesn’t offer much, it maybe in response to some scurrilous internet rumours earlier this week suggesting the project was in difficulty.

That prompted a blunt response from architect Dan Meis, with the People’s Project later issuing a more detailed rebuttal.

Whenever things go quiet there seems to be an automatic assumption that things have gone wrong. And while the lack of concrete agreements regarding funding is a concern, the club do seem to be taking things a step at a time and in exhaustive detail to ensure nothing is missed, meeting every deadline they have set themselves.

The designs are awe-inspiring and has the potential to be one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country, all while ensuring their area around their previous home is not forgotten. They deserve our time, patience and trust to get it done.