A consortium including Liverpool FC has unveiled proposals for a £260m regeneration of the area surrounding Anfield football stadium.
Plans include building new housing, shopping facilities, office buildings, a hotel and a pedestrian-friendly avenue and Stanley Park and to build a food hub at its centre with retail units and production and training facilities.
Liverpool Football Club has also stated its intention to expand Anfield stadium.
Liverpool City Council is leading the regeneration consortium with Your Housing Group and Liverpool FC.
The proposals are estimated to be worth £260m and would create 700 long-term jobs in one of the most deprived areas of the city.
Local residents and businesses are being asked to contribute ideas to the plans to transform north Liverpool over the next six weeks.
Liverpool FC managing director Ian Ayre said: “The unveiling of this vision for the wider regeneration of the Anfield area is another important step towards transforming the area for the better.
“The club has a track record of working successfully with [the council] and others to drive forward improvements to the area, having made a major investment towards the transformation of Stanley Park,” he added.
The Anfield regeneration vision
- Refurbishment of more than 550 homes in the Anfield/Rockfield areas
- Creation of a major, pedestrian-friendly new avenue to link Walton Breck Road High Street with Priory Road, running through Stanley Park along the existing Mill Lane
- The creation of a 10,000 sq ft food hub in Stanley Park
- Improvements to Walton Breck Road and Oakfield Road
- Creation of a public village square at the junction of the proposed new avenue and Walton Breck Road
- The clearance of around 300 derelict and sub-standard properties
- Continued development of new energy-efficient homes by Keepmoat west of Walton Breck Road, including around 250 new homes
- Completion of the restoration of Stanley Park, including its car park, with a range of possible new features and uses
- Improvements in design to integrate the park with neighbouring residential areas and make it easier to access
- A 100-bed hotel, possibly in the village square, which would train young people in hospitality
- New office buildings and new and improved retail premises in the village square and on Walton Breck Road/Oakfield Road.
Mr Ayre also said that the club would “seek to investigate the feasibility of expanding our stadium”.
“We have always said that any stadium expansion will be subject to detailed economic and social feasibility studies and the community and home owners’ support, which includes our ability to purchase the land for the proposed expansion.
“Any expansion is also subject to the club being able to navigate the planning landscape and we are pleased to say that very positive progress is being made,” he added.
After a formal public consultation, detailed planning applications are expected to be submitted in 2014.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “It is essential that people understand that what we are unveiling today is a range of Anfield-wide regeneration ideas and concepts which we are confident can be delivered but which we genuinely need to hear people’s views on.
“We believe the plans are exciting and will deliver a step-change in quality of life for many thousands of people and be of major benefit to the city, not just Anfield. But residents, business people and others may have other opinions and their own brilliant ideas.”