Liverpool Football Club has won planning permission for the £60m redevelopment of its Anfield Road Stand.
The redevelopment, given the green light from Liverpool City Council’s planning committee, will increase Anfield stadium’s capacity by around 7,000, taking it to 61,000.
Contractor Buckingham Group, which specialises in stadia, is expected to build the new stand. The firm is currently building Fulham FC’s new Riverside stand at Craven Cottage, which will be ready for the start of the 2021/22 season.
The plans for the proposed Anfield Road Stand were the subject of two stages of public consultation.
The first stage included the permanent closure of a small section of Anfield Road, in line with the original planning permission granted in 2014. But after feedback, a second stage of consultation was held in February 2020, where the club presented new and updated plans to keep Anfield Road open, with the road re-aligned around the footprint of the proposed expanded stand.
Andy Hughes, managing director of Liverpool FC, said: “This is a huge milestone in our journey towards bringing more supporters into Anfield. We underwent a rigorous two-stage public consultation period during the planning process for this project and I would like to thank everyone who has offered a contribution to that.
“We have been clear from the beginning that this expansion would be based on our ability to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape; our ability to gain co-operation of local residents and the community; and our ability to ensure the project is financially viable.
“In what has been a very unpredictable year, we are seeking certainty in order to progress with this project and there are still some steps we need to take to get there.”