Yesterday, Everton CEO Robert Elstone said that plans for the new stadium would be ready for submission to planning authorities late in the summer of 2015, but this document, submitted to Liverpool City Council, says that the masterplanning exercise has already been completed.
The document, a “call for sites”, is an early indication for planning authorities on which sites are going to receive a planning application in the future, and for what purpose.
It states, “Everton FC has a requirement for a new stadium bearing in mind the difficulties in providing modern facilities for spectators, players and visitors to Goodison Park. The Club has reviewed various options in recent years and discussed these with Liverpool City Council. An opportunity has arisen to consider the potential of Walton Hall Park as part of a stadium-led major regeneration scheme.
“Everton FC and Liverpool City Council have undertaken due diligence on the site alongside a master-planning exercise, which has concluded a stadium-led development which provides new homes, new jobs, shops & leisure, education opportunities and high quality recreation & sports facilities would create a transformational scheme for a long-term sustainable regeneration scheme.”
The document also goes on to state that the plan would also leave large areas of the park for recreation use, which should appease local residents to a degree.
It continues, “Whilst there would be a reduction in the overall area allocated for recreation, the remaining parkland would provide a much wider range and quality of sport and recreation opportunities providing the potential for much greater participation.
“The proposal is supported by Liverpool City Council as landowner, and recognised by the Council’s regeneration and economic development teams as offering an opportunity to create a new neighbourhood to transform the locality.”
Download the file here: Everton Football Club Call for Sites_Walton Hall Park
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