English Premier League football club Liverpool has today (Thursday) confirmed that it has scrapped its existing redevelopment vision for Anfield, adding that “ambitious” new plans are now under “active consideration”.
Today’s announcement comes with a deadline looming over the club concerning its intentions for the Anfield Road stand. In 2016, Liverpool increased the capacity of its Main Stand by 8,500, bringing Anfield’s total capacity to 54,074.
Liverpool was given permission to expand the Anfield Road stand, the end opposite the iconic Kop, when it applied for planning permission for the Main Stand. The club had a deadline of September to submit plans to expand the Anfield Road stand by adding around 4,000 more seats.
Liverpool today reaffirmed its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand, but stated that the existing outlined planning permission will be allowed to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application for a larger scheme in due course.
Liverpool chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse. We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.
“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case.”
Today’s announcement comes after Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said in October that the club was discussing whether to enter a new planning application to further develop Anfield as it weighs up its future strategy for the stadium.
While the plans for the redevelopment are yet to be finalised, the Liverpool Echo today reported that the new scheme represents a significant upgrade on the current submission and will see Anfield’s capacity extended beyond 60,000.
With Liverpool committed to its historic Anfield home, the club is determined to not fall behind in the Premier League stadium development race, not least amid the plans being developed by city rival Everton.
Everton last month revealed designs for its proposed 52,000-capacity new stadium, set to be built at Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock at a cost of £500m ($621m/€558m). Tottenham Hotspur moved into its new 62,062-seat home, built at a cost of £1bn, in April.