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Liverpool director hails "huge milestone" in Anfield expansion plans

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The plans aim to add around 7,000 extra seats and take ground capacity over 61,000.

Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes has hailed the "huge milestone" of having planning permission granted for the redevelopment of the Anfield Road Stand.

City council planners voted 6-2 in favour of the development, which will add about 7,000 seats and take ground capacity over 61,000, despite concerns expressed by residents and environmental groups about the impact on nearby Stanley Park.

Work will involve rerouting the existing Anfield Road around the new development, skirting the edge of the park, and then building behind the current stand with a view to joining up the old and new structures in the close season – thereby lessening the impact on Anfield's overall capacity.

Anfield Redevelopment Handout Photos
Redevelopment work will see the re-routing of the existing Anfield Road to create a pedestrianised area outside the ground (Credit: Liverpool FC)

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023 and Hughes said: "This is a huge milestone in our journey towards bringing more supporters into Anfield.

"We have been clear from the beginning that this expansion would be based on our ability to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape; our ability to gain co-operation of local residents and the community; and our ability to ensure the project is financially viable.

"In what has been a very unpredictable year, we are seeking certainty in order to progress with this project and there are still some steps we need to take to get there."

As part of the planning application the club has also been given permission to hold up to six concerts and major events – such as American and Gaelic football – at the stadium for a period of five years.

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