Anfield redevelopment plan approved

Liverpool have had their application to expand Anfield and increase the capacity to 59,000 approved by the City Council, reports the Guardian.

The plans were granted unanimously by the committee, who met at the town hall on Tuesday, and work could commence as soon as next year on a new £75m Main Stand. Proposed work on the Anfield Road End will begin some time after.

The club has been looking improve on the stadium front for several years, and they had initial hopes of building a new ground on nearby Stanley Park, but owners the Fenway Sports Group have turned back to increasing the capacity at their current home.

They see this a crucial development in their long-term plans, but there will now be a six-week period where potential legal challenges can be launched. Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said: “Today’s approval by the planning committee is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.

‘We’ve received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans.”

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