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Everton submit planning permission for Goodison Park legacy project

The site of the Toffees’ current home will be put to good use

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Everton have submitted an outline planning application to Liverpool City Council for a legacy project at Goodison Park.

The Toffees hope to convert the site into a range of community assets once they have moved to their proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.

Planning permission for Bramley Moore was submitted in December, with their plans for Goodison the next step in the project.

The plans include housing, a health centre, retail outlets, a youth enterprise zone, office and business facilities and green spaces.

Everton in the Community is also likely to have an expanded presence on the site to go with their existing buildings in the L4 area.

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Goodison Park legacy project

Local residents were able to have their say in shaping the plans via a number of focus groups and drop-in sessions.

Speaking about the project, Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said:

“Everton is a football club deeply rooted in its community and the Goodison Park Legacy Project is a symbol of our ambition, desire and commitment to Liverpool 4.

“We’ve been delighted by the support of the local community to our plans and the acknowledgement that we are creating facilities to empower and equip local people for generations to come.

“This project at Goodison Park is as ambitious as our new stadium development at Bramley-Moore Dock and will build on the £10m investment in buildings already made by the club and Everton in the Community in Liverpool 4 over the last five years.”

Given it is only outline permission, it is only initially seeking to establish the size, scale and potential use of the site, with more detailed plans submitted at a later date.

The club hope planning permission on the stadium site will be granted by the summer, allowing building work to begin in the final part of the year.

With an estimated three year build time, the club hope to be playing in their new stadium in September 2023.

The club have already stated it is confident the current coronavirus crisis will not delay building work this autumn.