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Liverpool have been competing successfully with th

Liverpool have been competing successful

Liverpool`s new stadium in Stanley Park moves a step closer

Councillors approve plans for Liverpool`s new Anfield in Stanley Park. Work could start on the 60 thousand seater stadium as early as next spring.

Liverpool have been competing successfully with the European big boys on the pitch in the new millennium (see Istanbul 2005) now the club has the chance to do likewise off it. LFC have secured planning permission for their new £400 million iconic stadium in Stanley Park.

Work`s expected to start on the 60 thousand seater ground sometime in the spring of next year. Its hoped it will be open for business in 2011.

LFC in Stanley Park

LFC in Stanley Park

The city council`s planning committee unanimously approved the proposal. Liverpool now just have to wait a while to see if Communities Secretary Hazel Blears decides to intervene to force a judicial review.  If not it is all systems go next year.

The Kop

The approved plans are the second set Liverpool have designed for the Stanley park stadium. The originals revised after American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett saw and heard the Kop in full voice at a crucial Champions League game against Barcelona.

The new stadium has as its central feature a new Kop, a single tier stand with a capacity close to 19 thousand. It will also be possible, should Liverpool want to, to increase the size of the new ground to 76 thousand seats. Although this would require a second planning application.

Hand in hand with the new stadium comes the regeneration of the Stanley Park and North Liverpool area. On this the club are working with Liverpool City Council, the North West Development Agency and the Government Office in the North West.

Not everyone`s happy though. Objectors claim the move destroys green space and wouldn`t have been approved if the park involved was Sefton rather than Stanley.

The Goal

For Liverpool FC though Tuesday the 6th of November 2007 couldn`t have been any better.  Planning approval for the new stadium will help the club generate more revenue off the pitch, while on it the team went on a record breaking net busting spree hammering Besiktas 8-0 the biggest ever win in Champions League history.

last updated: 07/11/07

Have Your Say

were the council right to approve liverpool`s new stadium on Stanley Park? will the move help keep the reds at the top end of european football?

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i think that stadium is amazing

John B
I think thgat it will make the park more attractive, they are not building on the whole of the park infact the majority of it is being built on what is currently a car park and a delapidated community centre (which will be replaced). As for kids playing football, they will still be able to, except on properly maintained community pitches in a safe environment. The new stadium itself will have a community section, and the existing stadium will be given to the community as the anfield plaza.Lets be honest here, Anfield needs a facelift, the whole area. And if LFC are going to help give the park, and all it ruined once majestic buildings a new lease of life, then I welcome it. Lets be real the park in the state its in now is not the majestic place it should be, not the place that you feel safe walking your dogs, and not a place where your children can run free due to the dangerous buildings and fencing.To me its a no brainer

anfield L4 resident
I am delighted that at last the plans for LFC have been approved, we have been waiting a long time for this decision, and the regeneration of the Anfield area. A lot of meetings and hard work has been going on in the area with consulation etc with all residents. Well worth the wait.

Mark Morgan
Double standards by Liverpool city councilThey refused Evertons building project ten years ago on the same land, but its all systems go for Liverpool

phillip morris
i think the stadium is exilewnt

catherine dunn
yes i think it is great and liverpool deserve a larger stadium,its a real positve move n healthy for the youngsters to see there role models excel.i love my team and improvments where needed.

James lafferty
LfC is the heart Liverpoolcity and provides the backbone. to the city,not to mentionEconomicly

John Proffitt
It would be wonderful for Liverpool to have a new Stadium. However, the Council may not have the authority or a mandate by the people of Merseyside to make that decision for a stadium to be built on the park. I thought that Stanley Park is on Crown Land and part of a green belt for ever. If that is not so, then I recommend that the land where Anfield currently stands is made into park area for people to enjoy,so the green belt is not lost. Top new facilities would be attractive to visit and to play on. Keeping the reds at the top in European football is the million dollar question.

Ian Hamilton
ouncil decision spot on lets face it the whole area round Anfield is crying out for regeneration this will certainly help Liverpool to maintain a top end place in Europe,and hope the regeneration will keep people of Anfield at the top end od Europe also to greet visitors to the new stadium.

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leslie hartley
of cause they where right to approve it,it will regenerate an area that has been in decline for a number of years and also give Liverpool a level playing field in the transfere market,roll on the new stadium.

Gill Gordon
Why take our parks for the greed of corporate investment, this isn't about sport or making our great city look better its about pure and utter greed, make as much money for already mega rich people as possible and sod the consequences. Doesn;t it matter that kids play football in the park, wildlife has its habitat there, people meet up and chat whilst walking their dogs. Where do they go when another eyesore replaces our greenspace of which there is less and less. And where do the owners, managers and footballers themselves live, Formby, Southport, Cheshire? somewhere where there are places for their kids can play.

josh culkin
yes they were right in everyway and yes it will keep us top of the champions league we could play on a normal field or in a brand new stadium no matter what our fans follow them all over the world

Chris M
About time! Now hopefully the whingers who constantly complain about these proposals will keep quite - do they really think the north end of Liverpool can improve without these proposals? It couldnt get any worse!

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