Liverpool face Anfield redevelopment delay
Liverpool could be forced to wait another two years before they can push forward with plans to redevelop Anfield because of six houses, owned by three landlords, that are blocking the planned work, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The impasse is such that Liverpool city council is to discuss the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders to force the owners of the buildings - four of which are described as derelict, the newspaper adds - to allow building work to begin. CPOs are considered last resorts but a proposal to use such methods is to go before the council on October 27.
Anfield’s redevelopment is part of a wider effort to regenerate the Anfield area, a £260m project that will see the creation of new public housing, shopping facilities, a hotel and a public square. There is also to be a pedestrian-friendly concourse named 96th Avenue in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Liverpool confirmed in 2012 that they intended to remain at a redeveloped Anfield rather than move to a brand new stadium in the city’s Stanley Park. Stanley Park is the expanse of land that separates Anfield from Everton’s Goodison Park in the Walton area of the city, although Anfield was originally home to Everton. A row between Everton and the owner of the site led to the formation of a new club, Liverpool, in 1892.
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