With the amended documentation now submitted, residents and institutions have until October 22 to list their support or objections to the Bramley-Moore Dock plans.
As was promised by Everton a month ago, amended documentation for the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium has been filed with the city hall. We've already gone through key changes in the project, these include removal of the multi-level parking, reduction of the stadium's scale and reorganisation of the space around it, also the facades.
What hasn't changed is the capacity (52,888) and principles. But the law is the law and changed documents need to be consulted again. The process will run until noon on October 22.
What we already know is that both Historic England and the Victorian Society opted to stand against the development, expressing dissatisfaction with how the stadium would impact the historical riverside, under UNESCO World Heritage protection. Would they change their mind with the amended documents now fully available? Not likely, both organisations were consulted on the alterations and weren't satisfied.
But the city of Liverpool gave Everton a helping hand. Earlier this month the city council released its own framework for investors wanting to develop spaces within the UNESCO-protected area. The Everton project is in line with that framework, which means the city would likely support it even with objections from the important conservation bodies.
Also, the criticism from Historic England and the Victorian society has been countered by supporters of the project, including the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
The planning approval will likely be debated during a special city council meeting in December. Then a buffer for call-in requests has to be retained. If no appeals against the project are filed, construction could begin early into 2021. But that's unlikely, seeing how heated the debate has been so far.