Liverpool's Stadium Expansion Moves Forward
Tue 23rd Sep 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Liverpool FC's proposed stadium expansion plans took another important step today with a resolution by Liverpool City Council's Planning Committee to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and legal agreement.
The proposed expansion is just one element of a major regeneration plan, which was announced by Liverpool City Council in October 2012, to transform the Anfield area.
The Council's Planning Committee granted permission today for the expansion of the club's Main Stand and for outline proposals to expand the Anfield Road Stand.
The redevelopment of the Main Stand could add an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to nearly 21,000 and overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.
The outline proposals for the Anfield Road Stand provide for an increase in its capacity of around 4,800 seats.
Construction work on the proposed Main Stand is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.
LFC's chief executive officer, Ian Ayre, said: "Today's approval by the Planning Committee is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.
"We received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans."
Brian Cronin, chief executive of Your Housing Group, added: "Today's decision by the Planning Committee is good news, not just for Anfield but for the whole of Liverpool. The stadium redevelopment is an integral part of the overall vision for the regeneration of the area."
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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