Everton Football Club, Liverpool

Everton Football Club

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Planning, EIA & Capital Markets

2017 – Present

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52,888 Seat Stadium / Goodison Legacy Scheme

CBRE Ltd were instructed by Everton FC in 2017 to provide advice in relation to their ambitions to find and develop a new stadium site within Liverpool. CBRE’s initial role included the assessment of potential sites in terms of land acquisition, likelihood of gaining planning permission and funding of any stadium development.

CBRE Planning and EIA teams were instructed in 2018 to prepare a full planning application, involving a complex Environmental Impact Assessment, for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock (‘BMD’); associated listed building consent submissions; and an outline application for a community-led mixed-use scheme at the Goodison Park site.

BMD is a highly sensitive location adjacent to the River Mersey, within the ‘Maritime Mercantile City’ World Heritage Site (‘WHS’), Stanley Dock conservation area and containing Grade II listed structures. The WHS designation is in part due to the inter-linked historic dock system; the scheme however proposes to infill the existing BMD waterbody.

CBRE has led an extensive consultation programme/negotiation with statutory consultees, including Historic England, Natural England and Liverpool City Council (‘LCC’). The EIA team also led negotiations with the Marine Management Organisation regarding required environmental licenses. CBRE also led a large scale city-wide public consultation exercise which received over 63,000 responses. CBRE was lead advocate, preparing an Alternative Site Assessment to justify the necessity of the heritage harm to the WHS and an Economic Impact Assessment to justify that substantial public benefits exist which demonstrably outweigh the identified heritage harm.

CBRE managed an exceptionally large client/sub-consultant/contractor team from project commencement through to Liverpool City Council planning committee resolving to unanimously approve the application in February 2021. The application was not called-in by the Secretary of State and full planning permission was issued in June 2021.