Momentous day’: Everton gets go-ahead for new stadium as government stands aside

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Everton’s planning application for their new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock can proceed after the government decided not to intervene.

The football club said that Robert Jenrick, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, had been reviewing the plans since last month and it was announced on Friday that the application would not be “called-in”.

Liverpool City Council unanimously approved the plans on 23 February.

An Everton statement read: “The decision to approve a new 52,888-capacity waterfront arena allows the club to complete its agreed acquisition of the site from Peel L&P and the funding solution for the project, ensuring the club can begin to make the plans a reality.

“It is estimated that the stadium development and plans for a Goodison Legacy will deliver a 1.3bn boost to the economy, create more than 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors to the city.

“On such a momentous day, the football club would like to thank every Evertonian, along with the many organisations, the tens of thousands of people across the city region and the team of dedicated staff who have played a vital role in ensuring the club reached today’s milestone.”

Everton identified the site as its preferred location in January 2017 and in November of the same year agreed a 200-year lease with Peel Holdings for the land. Everton hope to relocate for the 2024-25 season.

A ministry of housing, communities and local government spokesperson said: “Planning decisions should be made at a local level wherever possible. The applications have not been called-in and are a matter for Liverpool City Council to decide.”