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Football club's outline application for proposed redevelopment approved



The Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s (KMBC) planning committee has approved the outline application for the proposed redevelopment of Liverpool Football Club’s academy site at Kirby.

The Premier League club’s vision is to bring its first team and academy football training operations and facilities together on one site.

The proposal included the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch.

The application also included improvements to the community playing fields at Simonswood Lane.

“Today’s approval by KMBC is another step on the journey in achieving our vision to bring our first-team players and young players together on one site,” said Peter Moore, chief executive officer at Liverpool Football Club.

“We have received positive feedback from local residents and businesses on our proposals during the public consultation earlier this year and we thank them for their continued support.

“As part of the planning process, we will now submit more detail on the scheme to KMBC before we have the certainty that we need to progress with the redevelopment of the site.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, added: “The council and LFC have worked closely with the local community throughout the planning process and we are pleased the plans have received such an overwhelmingly positive response.

“I’m also delighted that the local community and sports clubs in Kirkby will benefit from the scheme with much-improved football pitches and sports facilities at Simonswood Lane.

“It is a great vote of confidence in Knowsley that an organisation of Liverpool Football Club’s stature wants to expand its facilities in the borough.”


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