Everton Football Club's plans to develop a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in the north of Liverpool can proceed after the Government chose not to call-in the planning application.
Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has been reviewing the Club's plans since last month.
That Government review, standard practice for a development of the size and scale of Everton's stadium plans, was conducted after Liverpool City Council's Planning Committee had unanimously approved the plans on February 23.
The Club received written confirmation of the Secretary of State's decision not to intervene to call-in the application.
The decision to approve a new 52,888-capacity waterfront arena allows the Club to complete its agreed acquisition of the site from Peel L&P and the funding solution for the project, ensuring the club can begin to make the plans a reality.
It is estimated that the stadium development and plans for a Goodison Legacy will deliver a £1.3bn boost to the economy, create more than 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors to the city.
A club statement on the Everton website following the decision read:
On such a momentous day, the football club would like to thank every Evertonian, along with the many organisations, the tens of thousands of people across the city region and the team of dedicated staff who have played a vital role in ensuring the Club reached today's milestone.
Everton has been advised by CBRE UK's Planning & Development team and worked closely with the Liverpool Planning Authority, Historic England and other stakeholders as part of the planning process.
Everton Football Club will be sharing insights on The People's Project during ALSD International taking place in Liverpool, September 6-7, with attendees to take a technical tour of Goodison Park.
Everton Football Club selected Laing O'Rourke as the preferred building contractor for the project, which in turn appointed Pattern Design as technical architect, taking over from MEIS Architects. BuroHappold and Planit-IE are working as the engineering consultants and landscape architects respectively.
Having previously worked alongside the Premier League Club on plans for the catering facilities at the new stadium, Tricon Foodservice Consultants Ltd is collaborating with contractor Laing O'Rourke to further develop and refine the designs.
The stadium's F&B facilities will include several hospitality lounges, varied concessions and a 'home-end' destination. As is the trend with many modern stadia, it is intended that the venue will be used to host other non-match day events. With this in mind, the F&B facilities must also be suitable and accessible for concert, conference, exhibition and other secondary post-COVID-19 usage.
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