Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee voted 6 for with 2 against to increase the capacity of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium by a further 7,000
By John Brace (Editor)
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)
First publication date: Wednesday 16th June 2021, 11:44 (BST).
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On 15th June 2021 Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee (who can be watched in the video above) on a majority vote (6:2) approved a planning application to increase the capacity of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium (the Anfield Road Stand) by a further 7,000.
An 88 page report from Liverpool City Council employees to councillors on Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee recommended approval by the Planning Committee subject to 44 planning conditions and agreement of a legal agreement between Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Football Club (the site plan is here).
Liverpool Football Club presented a series of slides to the Planning Committee outlining their plans. The plans would result in the existing Anfield Road being diverted around the new stand.
During the meeting Liverpool Football Club were asked what the impact of the proposals if implemented would be on the adjacent Stanley Park (a Grade II* listed landscape).
In reply Liverpool Football Club answered that the plans included two new entrances into Stanley Park. 27 trees would need to be removed to facilitate the development (Liverpool Football Club have agreed to replace 25 trees on their land and pay Liverpool City Council for a further 45 trees elsewhere).
Initially Liverpool Football Club had planned to place the compound for constructing the expansion to the stadium on the green space in Stanley Park, however following consultation feedback from local residents this is now planned to be moved to the car park within Stanley Park.
Approval of the plans also allows Anfield Stadium to be used for up to six high spectator events or concerts in each calendar year for the next five years (excluding July).
Councillors John Prince, Lila Bennett, Joe Hanson, Billy Marrat, Pat Moloney and Billy Lake (6) voted in favour of approval.
Councillors Dave Cummings and Anna Key (2) voted against approval.
The application was approved (subject to planning conditions and a legal agreement being agreed).
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