Anfield stadium expansion: Council primes compulsory purchase powers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Liverpool City Council is considering whether to use its compulsory purchase powers to "unlock" the next phase of the Anfield Project housing masterplan, which includes the £260 million expansion of Liverpool FC's stadium.
Approved in principle last year, the council is seeking to use its CPPs to acquire 23 property holdings around Anfield. The owners of many of the holdings cannot be contacted by the council.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Throughout this process I have been clear that we would only use CPO powers as a last resort or if it was not possible to identify the owners of the properties in question. Completing the CPO will have a hugely positive economic impact on the Anfield area and there is a compelling case that we use these powers in this instance.
“This is another important step toward delivering the Anfield we all want to see: a bustling and vibrant area which provides a great place to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, assistant mayor and cabinet member for housing, said: “Using CPO at this time will give our housing partner certainty allowing them to bring forward a new detailed planning application contributing to the delivery of over 600 new homes in Anfield.
“The vast majority of these properties or unused or cleared land. There are two small businesses and the tenant of a private landlord who are affected by this. We will work closely with them to support them through the process.”
The potential use of CPPs mirrors efforts by Haringey Council to push forward Tottenham Hotspurs' stadium development plans.
Spurs fan Josif Josif runs Archway Sheet Metal Works next to White Hart Lane - on the final piece of land needed to expand the club's stadium.
Spurs have been trying to buy the 25,000 sq ft site for over 10 years.
Mr Josif firm has appealed against a public inquiry’s finding in April 2013 that the council should issue a compulsory purchase order on behalf of the club.
The Department for Communities and Local Government must now make the decision.
Mr Josif wants a better deal involving a land-swap so that his business can expand.
He said: “It’s really difficult. I’ve always been a Tottenham fan and so are two of my brothers. We used to have a box there and I remember going to watch in the days Osvaldo Ardiles was a player.”