Everton Football Club move dockside in Liverpoolnews
1st December 2017
It was announced last week that Everton Football Club have signed an agreement to lease land on Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool. This move now paves the way for a £300 million stadium to be constructed on the site with a 50,000-capacity.
The Toffees have secured a 200-year lease on the site in a move that more or less relinquishes control of the land to the Premier League club.
The club must now devote their attention to securing funding and gaining planning permission to build the stadium which is set to replace Goodison Park, where the lease will run for 200 years for a peppercorn rent.
It is hoped that the proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock can be a catalyst for a £5.5 billion regeneration in north Liverpool, accelerating Peel’s Liverpool Waters development.
The Liverpool Waters development is the sister programme of the Wirral Waters project, and is making use of a series of presently derelict dock spaces at Central Docks, where many of the docks form a World Heritage Site.
Everton confirmed the agreement in a statement last week, which read: "Everton Stadium Development Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everton Football Club) and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited have formally signed an agreement for the Club to lease land at Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool Waters.
The signing of the agreement is a significant milestone in the project and means Everton effectively now controls the land upon which a new stadium would be built. This follows several years of searching for a new site and is the culmination of an exhaustive search across the city.
Assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, Ian Pollitt, said: “We know that a world-class stadium, on the banks of the River Mersey, will act as a trigger for even more investment and jobs which will be of huge benefit to the whole city region.”
Robert Elstone, Everton chief executive, confirmed the club would look to secure planning permission on the stadium after New Year.
He said: “Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project – finalising the funding agreement with the council and preparing for the submission of a planning application – both of which we hope to do in the new year.”
Written by Ian Johnson