Liverpool FC kick-off £260m Anfield regeneration

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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A consortium led by Liverpool City Council with the support of Your Housing Group, Liverpool Football Club and Keepmoat has unveiled £260m proposals to transform the Anfield area of the city.

The group is now asking for feedback from local residents for its regeneration plans which include new housing, shopping facilities, public space, office buildings, a hotel and a new pedestrian-friendly avenue and public square.

There is also a proposal to complete the restoration of Stanley Park and to build a food hub at its centre which would offer food retail units, production and training facilities.

Liverpool Football Club wants to expand its stadium as part of the scheme.

LFC 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 LCC and others to drive forward improvements to the area, having made a major investment towards the transformation of Stanley Park.

“We are looking forward to working with the partnership and playing a part in the development of the regeneration vision and we strongly encourage local residents, businesses and community groups to get involved in the process and have their say.

“This is also an important milestone as we seek to investigate the feasibility of expanding our stadium. We will continue this work, which is just one part of the wider Anfield vision, and there is a great deal of work still to be done to bring those plans to fruition.

“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.”

Residents and others are invited to provide feedback on the plans over the next six weeks.

After taking into account people’s views, the vision and ideas will then be drawn together into a detailed proposal for the area which would be officially endorsed by the city council.

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.”

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