Everton Football Club has revealed significant public support for its plans to build a stadium on Liverpool’s waterfront and reimagine Goodison Park.
The vast number of respondents (94%) to the first stage of a public consultation agreed Bramley-Moore Dock was an appropriate location for the club’s new home.
Meanwhile 95% concurred that Everton FC’s current ground in North Liverpool should be developed to benefit the community.
In total 20,168 questionnaires were completed, one of the largest ever responses to a public consultation exercise for a commercial development proposal in the city’s history.
Just under 2,000 (1,919) respondents described themselves as non-Everton supporters, with three out of four supporting the club’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Near universal support from everyone consulted (97%) was shown for the club remaining in the city of Liverpool.
The club says every comment has been read and will be used to help shape both planning applications – a detailed planning application for a stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and an ‘outline’ planning application for a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.
Another formal public consultation on the latest designs for the stadium and plans for Goodison Park will be held this summer before the submission of both planning applications in the second half of 2019.
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton FC chief executive, says: “These results are more than a vote of confidence in our plans; they show people recognise the transformational impact our stadium will have on North Liverpool and indeed the positive effect it will have on the wider city region.
“A new stadium will unlock a unique opportunity for our city region by delivering a £1billion boost to the economy, 15,000 jobs and an estimated 1.5million new visitors to the city as well as the regeneration of North Liverpool, including a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.”