Everton have edged closer to building a new 55,000-seater stadium after the club signed a deal to lease land at Liverpool’s Bramley Moore Dock area.
The formal agreement between Everton and Peel Ports, the owners of the Bramley Moore Dock, was signed yesterday and will run for 200 years at a peppercorn rent.
The agreement now means that Everton effectively control the land for the stadium and can start construction once they gain planning consent and secure funding. Construction of the stadium is expected to see £255m spent through local supply chains.
The new stadium will be one of the key developments for Peel’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration plan, which will see new developments stretch along Liverpool’s waterfront and is made up of five neighbourhoods.
In addition to the stadium the Liverpool Waters development will include number of hotels, offices and leisure facilities, as well as two new river terminals; one for cruise liners and one for the Isle of Man ferry.
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Everton Football Club chief executive Robert Elstone said: “This is very positive news. Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project – finalising the funding agreement with the council and preparing for the submission of a planning application, both of which we hope to do in the new year.
“I’d like to thank Peel as well as Mayor Anderson and his colleagues at the council for their support in getting us to this point.”