Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham says that he expects the new Everton stadium at Bramley Moore Dock to be – at least – underway by the time his team takes over planning issues in 2020.
The Blues have been planning a new stadium on the Bramley Moore Dock site for several years, with architect Dan Meis having already taken notice of what Evertonians want to see at the new stadium.
Everton have conducted their own research into supporters’ wishes, and took up the option to buy the dock in March 2017.
Now, speaking at a Liverpool city region delegation at the Mipim UK property conference in London today, Rotherham is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that he doesn’t expect to have to deal with planning applications before it could be affected by the spatial development strategy.
He said, “At the moment that still lies with the local authority and the Secretary of State. In 2020 we will have a spatial development strategy which means that the metro mayor takes responsibility then for a lot more of those planning issues.
“We expect that Everton will have a ground before then, so it will have gone through the current regime.”
The lifelong Liverpool fan also said that the project would breathe new life into a part of the city that needed regeneration, adding “It’s a brownfield site and it (the stadium plan) will breathe new life into an area that’s been crying out for investment for generations.
“The thinking behind it (the regeneration of the area) is as important as the actual architectural design of the football stadium.”
No planning application has been submitted for any new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.