Results have now been released regarding plans to develop a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park, following the formal first-stage public consultation at 9 different locations across Liverpool City Region.
In total 20,168 questionnaires were completed, making it one of the largest ever responses to a public consultation exercise for a commercial development proposal in the city’s history.
Analysis of the data has revealed that 94 per cent of respondents agreed that Bramley-Moore Dock was an appropriate location for the Club’s proposed stadium while 95 per cent agreed that Goodison Park should be developed to benefit the community.
Near universal support from everyone consulted, 97 per cent, was shown for the Club remaining in the city of Liverpool, while 95 per cent also agreed that the developed Bramley-Moore Dock, which is part of Peel Land & Property’s Liverpool Waters regeneration project, is a suitable location for other sporting, music or cultural events.
Everton Chief Executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to feedback on our proposals. We’ve been delighted to hear from Evertonians, fans of other clubs as well as people who don’t follow the game of football.
“These results are more than a vote of confidence in our plans; they show that people recognise the transformational impact our stadium will have on North Liverpool and indeed, the positive effect it will have on the wider city region.
“A new stadium will unlock a unique opportunity for our city region by delivering a £1billion boost to the economy, 15,000 jobs, an estimated 1.5million new visitors to the city as well the regeneration of North Liverpool including a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.”
Alongside the quantitative data, the exercise also yielded a large volume of qualitative commentary, observations and ideas. Every comment has been read and will be used to help shape both planning applications.
Colin Chong, Everton’s Stadium Development Director added: “We set out with the objective of understanding what the people of the city region thought of the principles of our plans.
“The response has been fantastic and we’ve received an overwhelming endorsement from the people that the underlying principles of our approach meet with their approval.
“As we move forward with our plans, the feedback we’ve received at this first stage will help inform the details we’ll present at the second stage of consultation which will take place in the summer.”
The consultation is an essential part of the planning application process and follows on from previous engagement by the Club with its fans, residents around Goodison Park, senior business, cultural and public sector figures in the Liverpool City Region. The feedback received in both phases of the consultation will be collated into a report which will form part of the planning application.
The Club remains on track to conduct a second-stage formal public consultation on the latest designs for the stadium and high-level plans for Goodison Park this summer. This will lead to the submission of both planning applications in the second half of 2019.
Read the full results breakdown of survey results here.