Another 12-month wait has been added to Everton’s proposed plans for the club’s new home.
Despite the previous chief executive Robert Elstone declaring hopes to move into the new ground at the Bramley-Moore Docks in 2022/23, planning permission is still yet to be submitted.
The recent announcement from the club that a one-year public consultation period will now commence has seen the first of what could be many delays, just weeks after finance chief Sasha Ryazantsev highlighted the board’s desire to learn from the mistakes of other stadium moves.
Not only is there now a public consultation period pushing plans back a year, but the Toffees board are also reconsidering plans to partly fund the venue change with a loan secured from Liverpool City Council and instead use only private funding.
In the club’s announcement, Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale has said: “This consultation marks a very significant moment as we progress with this project.
“Our ambition is not just to create a new home for a very proud and historic football club but also a new landmark stadium, in an iconic setting, which will deliver huge regeneration benefits for the whole of the Liverpool City Region.”
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As a result of the progress, planning permission is now not expected to be submitted until the latter half of 2019, with a move unlikely until the 2023/24 season at least.
The lack of certainty over funds and the one-year push back has put fans on edge, having expected to see design plans in the not too distant future.
I am staggered by the published stadium timeline from @Everton, we will have no designs until next summer, we’re a year off putting in a planning app & finance doesn’t get a mention. What has the board being doing for the last two years since they visited Bramley Moore en masse?
— the esk (@theesk) 24 October 2018
What amazes me is the lack of momentum in all of this. When you consider the lack of news about the stadium, the only logical conclusions can be that nothing has been progressed or there has been something significant that is forcing us to re-evaluate the whole proposal.
— Jonathan Quirk (@jonathan_quirk) 25 October 2018
It’s the lack of tangibles that’s most concerning. Two years in and there’s no finance, no designs, no planning application, nothing but delay and another round of talk talk talk
— Trevor McKinlay (@TrevorMcKinlay) 24 October 2018
I’m amazed that despite what the architect said 6 months ago @Everton say we’re still 6-9 months away from seeing the design and a planning application is even further away. Seems like we’re starting again, hopefully we have a robust plan this time.
— John B (+) (@John_B58) 24 October 2018
Only Everton could take the fun out of a new stadium build. On the other hand this will be our home for the next 100 and odd years so it’s important to get it right. Hope that’s what the delay is. Us doing it properly. Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.
— Andy Donald (@AndyDonald14) 25 October 2018
Everton’s new stadium set to be later and smaller!
Great gone back 2 years already, typical, not even a spade in the ground yet!
— Maxy (@MaxyMj3669) 25 October 2018
Looking good for the 2098-2099 season.
— Mel ’73 (@melbourne1973) 24 October 2018
Are people honestly surprised that Everton, the team who leak an exciting transfer only to beat the excitement out of everyone by dragging it out until we lose all enthusiasm, would do the exact same thing with the BM stadium?
— Chris Caudwell (@CJCaudwell) 25 October 2018
Was expecting to see Designs for ground no later than Jan 19, so disappointed in this news. Plus always said the cost of this ground gonna cost around £800 million. Time for #actionnotwords
— Colin Jones (@Col13Colin) 25 October 2018