Everton exchange contracts on Bramley Moore Dock

The Blues have formally signed an agreement to secure a 200-year lease on the proposed site of their new stadium and can now focus firmly on securing funding and gaining planning permission.

A statement released by the Blues described the news as “a significant milestone in the project and means Everton effectively now controls the land upon which a new stadium would be built.”

Blues Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, said: “Clearly this is very positive news.

“Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project – finalising the funding agreement with the Council and preparing for the submission of a planning application – both of which we hope to do in the New Year.

“I’d like to thank Peel as well as Mayor Anderson and his colleagues at the Council for their support in getting us to this point.”

The Blues hierarchy, and architect Dan Meis, must now submit a “detailed” planning application to the Council – with the hope of receiving planning permission.

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