Everton have been granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Due to the scale of the development, the detailed application for the 52,888-capacity ground now passes to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick’s office for consideration.
If there is no objection at that level, and the proposals do not get “called in” for scrutiny higher up in Government, then the club would look to start work this spring or early summer.
There is a 150-week build plan in place which will potentially see the Toffees start the 2024-25 season in their new riverside stadium.
After a number of false starts over several years, Everton considered 52 locations to move to from Goodison Park and Bramley-Moore Dock was deemed the only viable option.
The project has gained widespread public support although objections were raised by heritage body ICOMOS, acting on behalf of UNESCO, as well as the Victorian Society and Historic England – with the latter having had input on the design.
But the council’s report concluded the plans – which integrate a number of historic features – could actually deliver “heritage benefits” by “enhancing degraded on-site heritage assets, improving access to the World Heritage Site and unlocking access to the history”.
Everton believe the new stadium can play a key role in Liverpool’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, with the stadium and a multi-purpose redevelopment of Goodison Park generating a £1.3billion boost to the local economy.
📷 Liverpool City Council's planning committee have unanimously approved Everton's application to build a 52,888 seater stadium at BramleyMooreDock in North Liverpool. 🏟️
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Klopp v Ferguson spat
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp and Duncan Ferguson were involved in a fiery half-time spat during the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Liverpool boss Klopp and Everton assistant manager were seen rowing on the sidelines following a first-half Liverpool penalty appeal.
Everton defender Seamus Coleman ended up stepping in to break up the pair as the argument threatened to boil over.
European football expert Julien Laurens was seated near the tunnel at Anfield and reported what was said.
According to Laurens the argument started after Klopp bellowed at the referee after his side were refused a penalty.
Ferguson was then seen smiling, and the Reds boss took exception.
Klopp then asked Ferguson: “Why are you laughing?”
That prompted Ferguson to respond with: “We are allowed to talk or is it just you, Jurgen?” which further darkened Klopp’s mood.
The 2-0 Everton win was their first at Anfield for 22 years. The defeat for the champions also meant a fourth consecutive home defeat for Liverpool – the first time this has happened in 98 years.