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City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce that we have entered into a period of exclusivity with Liverpool City Council in respect of a potential site for our Community Stadium.

This follows an exhaustive near three-year process, the start of which preceded the actual formation of the Club by virtually a year, The Club will now have a period of six months during which time we will develop a comprehensive business case, including funding and planning, in order to enable the Council to grant us a long-term lease to the site.

The Club has seriously engaged with 4 sites in this 3 year period and for various reasons each has proved to have insurmountable obstacles. Having explored the possibility of locating our Community Stadium at numerous existing sports and leisure and green field sites throughout the city and along the municipal borders, we changed our focus to working with Liverpool City Council to look at potential regeneration sites. This resulted in the drafting of a comprehensive list of regeneration sites of varying degrees of viability, from which two preferred options emerged. Due to significant planning barriers posed to development at the site that was initially favoured by both the Council and the Club, our attentions turned to “option two” – the former Fazakerley Playing Fields in Liverpool 10.

Initial investigations have led all parties to believe that Fazakerley Playing Fields is a realistic option for our Community Stadium and the period of exclusivity provided by Liverpool City Council grants the Club time to do the necessary preparatory work without the looming possibility of the site being sold to another party – as has happened previously with a privately owned site. However, while the Board is pleased that we have taken a step forward , there are still some major hurdles for the Club to overcome and a lot of hard work to be undertaken before the site can be assigned to COLFC and we see the fabled “spade in the ground”. Nevertheless, we are delighted that we have this opportunity to secure the long-term future of the Club.

It is our ambition to deliver a stadium that is genuinely unique to COLFC, with innovative and sustainable design features being developed that the Board believes will enthuse our members, supporters and the wider community, as well as clearly display the ambitions of the club to progress through the football pyramid and provide a Community Football Stadium that the City & indeed the City Region can be proud of.

The Club will undertake comprehensive consultation with our members and with the wider community as our plans for the site and the funding package required emerge in coming months. In the meantime, the Board wishes to place on record our thanks to Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Mark Kitts and Nick Flanagan at Liverpool City Council, and Dr Michael Birkett and his staff at our main Club Sponsors Regenda Homes for their invaluable and ongoing assistance and support.

Member Shareholders in COLFC will have already received more detailed information ahead of a Shareholders meeting which will occur in the next couple of weeks.


 

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City of Liverpool Football Club | Project L10 | New Stadium | Capacity 3,000

UP THE PURPS

https://www.colfc.co.uk/news/

Official Club Statement - Project L10
Purps Secure Exclusivity on land with view to building Community Stadium

City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce that we have entered into a period of exclusivity with Liverpool City Council in respect of a potential site for our Community Stadium.

This follows an exhaustive near three-year process, the start of which preceded the actual formation of the Club by virtually a year, The Club will now have a period of six months during which time we will develop a comprehensive business case, including funding and planning, in order to enable the Council to grant us a long-term lease to the site.

The Club has seriously engaged with 4 sites in this 3 year period and for various reasons each has proved to have insurmountable obstacles. Having explored the possibility of locating our Community Stadium at numerous existing sports and leisure and green field sites throughout the city and along the municipal borders, we changed our focus to working with Liverpool City Council to look at potential regeneration sites. This resulted in the drafting of a comprehensive list of regeneration sites of varying degrees of viability, from which two preferred options emerged. Due to significant planning barriers posed to development at the site that was initially favoured by both the Council and the Club, our attentions turned to “option two” – the former Fazakerley Playing Fields in Liverpool 10.

Initial investigations have led all parties to believe that Fazakerley Playing Fields is a realistic option for our Community Stadium and the period of exclusivity provided by Liverpool City Council grants the Club time to do the necessary preparatory work without the looming possibility of the site being sold to another party – as has happened previously with a privately owned site. However, while the Board is pleased that we have taken a step forward , there are still some major hurdles for the Club to overcome and a lot of hard work to be undertaken before the site can be assigned to COLFC and we see the fabled “spade in the ground”. Nevertheless, we are delighted that we have this opportunity to secure the long-term future of the Club.

It is our ambition to deliver a stadium that is genuinely unique to COLFC, with innovative and sustainable design features being developed that the Board believes will enthuse our members, supporters and the wider community, as well as clearly display the ambitions of the club to progress through the football pyramid and provide a Community Football Stadium that the City & indeed the City Region can be proud of.

The Club will undertake comprehensive consultation with our members and with the wider community as our plans for the site and the funding package required emerge in coming months. In the meantime, the Board wishes to place on record our thanks to Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Mark Kitts and Nick Flanagan at Liverpool City Council, and Dr Michael Birkett and his staff at our main Club Sponsors Regenda Homes for their invaluable and ongoing assistance and support.

Member Shareholders in COLFC will have already received more detailed information ahead of a Shareholders meeting which will occur in the next couple of weeks.

Media enquiries to [email protected]

Notes to editors

About City of Liverpool FC
City of Liverpool FC is a Supporter owned football club formed in 2015 and playing at Step 5 of the Non-League football pyramid, which is known as the Hallmark Security League.

COLFC has approximately 1200-member shareholders and has an average home attendance of 459, which is over 3 times the national average at this level of football.

The Club regularly hosts a foodbank and provides facilities for local charities and good causes to promote and fundraise at home games.

In the Club’s inaugural season, they achieved a virtually unprecedented treble success, winning both league cup trophies and gaining promotion via the Play-Offs
 

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Isn't that opposite the old Copplehouse Pub ?
I think that might all just be within the city boundary.
Got a feeling Aintree Lane is the boundary up there.
I stand to be corrected if anyone knows otherwise
 

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What a shame it has to be so far out of the city. A team calling itself city of liverpool would be better off in the city of liverpool and i don't really see how a non league club playing in one specific area can claim to represent an entire city. I realise though it must have been difficult to get the plans this far along and it's not easy to find suitable sites in the city.

It is good that the site has a railway station nearby.


Good luck to the club, I hope it comes off for them and I will certainly go to a game there at some point in my life. I'm not sure it would ever feel like it was my club though seeing as I live in the south end. If it was somewhere in town or close to it then it would have automatically generated massive support.
 

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It's Liverpool. Forget the artificial bin-day line. If people think places like Aintree racecourse and this site aren't Liverpool they should probably give up on geography.

This is a positive development as it'll add to the drip drip growth of the city whereby we'll ultimately disband Sefton and Knowsley as concepts and finally have them subsumed into Greater Liverpool. Woolton wasn't within the city boundary until 1911. Their time will come.
 

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They should hold fire until Everton move out of Goodison and set up shop there. Be great to have another community footy team surrounded by Everton's community projects.

Philanthropic luvvie Bill will probably knock down the ground and gift them the land for free.
 

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We might not pay much attention to artificial boundaries on here, but from a planning perspective, the club will have to. Based on the following, I'm assuming the stadium is proposed to be to the far north end of the site, otherwise it's Knowsley they should have been talking to. To the left of the red line is Liverpool, to the right is Knowsley -
https://flic.kr/p/23FfVqE
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It’s Liverpool City Council owned hence the reason for them being involved in the exhaustive search. Everyone’s aware of the jurisdiction of planning etc. and has been accounted for. This site represents the quickest route to planning with no likelihood of being called in and little likelihood of a drawn out challenge. Knowsley will benefit from business rates, Liverpool from the land deal, proper city region stuff!
 
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