Liverpool get the green light for £60m, 7,000-seat expansion of Anfield Road stand from city council… with plans set to take overall capacity to 61,000 and move club to third-highest capacity in the Premier League above Arsenal, West Ham and Man City
- Liverpool have been given permission to expand their stadium by 7,000 seats
- The Anfield Road expansion will cost £60m and take overall capacity to 61,000
- There were concerns raised by local residents about trees being felled in park
- But Liverpool allayed those fears and were given the go-ahead by the council
Liverpool have been given the go-ahead to begin a £60million, 7,000-seat expansion at Anfield which will give them the third-largest stadium in the Premier League.
The 2019-20 champions finally got the green light from Liverpool City Council on Tuesday to begin the redevelopment works on the Anfield Road stand, which will take their overall capacity to 61,000.
The increase will take them above Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester City’s capacities, leaving them only behind Manchester United and Tottenham in terms of the largest Premier League crowd.
Liverpool have been given permission to begin work on a 7,000-seat expansion at Anfield
The latest expansion, to the Anfield Road stand, will see capacity raised to more than 61,000
The Reds hierarchy have also applied for permission to hold six ‘major events’ each year, which are likely to be music concerts inside the stadium.
The build is expected to take 18 months to complete, with council chiefs finally giving the club permission after they submitted their plans at the start of December.
In a vote on Tuesday morning, six councillors voted in favour with two against, meaning the plans were approved by the city council.
Work is scheduled to begin during the season via a structure to the rear of the stand, before the more ‘intrusive’ work takes place during the summer months when no football is being played.
Two councillors voted against the plans – which were controversial due to the felling of 27 trees
The club initially put forward their proposal in December and have now got the green light
There were some serious concerns raised by local residents over the impact it would have on Stanley Park, with some staging a protest there at the weekend.
It was revealed that 27 trees will need to be removed from the park for the work to take place, but Liverpool attempted to allay those fears by promising to plant 70 new ones to replace them.
Arguing against the plans, Anfield councillor Lena Simic said: ‘This park was created for public benefit, it has been loved by citizens for over 150 years.’
In response, Liverpool argued that two of the trees are dead or dying and six others need to be removed as they could lose limbs and become dangerous.
Liverpool’s chief operating officer, Andy Hughes, spoke in favour of the plans at the meeting on Tuesday: ‘The club has been investing significant sums into Stanley Park over many years. We’ve spent over £20m on the restoration of the park and this proposal involves us investing more.
‘We have made really significant contributions to the park and continue to take it really seriously.’