Liverpool granted planning permission to expand stadium by 8500 seats 8 years ago

Liverpool granted planning permission to expand stadium by 8500 seats

Anfield to increase its capacity to 54,000...

Good news today for Liverpool fans as they have been given the green light to proceed to the next stage of plans to increase capacity of the Kop.

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Planners are hoping to get construction underway before the end of this year or in January of 2015 on the main stand in Anfield. With a full decision to be made on 23rd of September, the plan is to go ahead and will take just shy of two years and most likely cost in the region of £150 million.

Some fans will welcome this move, as the revenue from the extra seats will help them go a long way in keeping up with the top competition in the Premier League. On the other hand, the Anfield Rockfield Area Committee released a statement in which they said they were being "held to ransom" over new building plans at the stadium.

The main stand, in which the bulk of construction is taking place, is not set to close fully during the construction, and the new stand is expected to house a garden of remembrance for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Story via the Liverpool Echo.

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