A decision is due today (7 September) on Liverpool FC’s plans for a new £50 million training base in Kirkby.
The project, which includes a new combined training centre and a 499-seater stand, has been recommended for approval at a meeting of Knowlsey Council’s planning committee.
The club wants full planning permission for extensions and alterations to the existing academy building, as well as the construction of the new spectator stand alongside upgraded training and community pitches.
Meanwhile LFC is also seeking outline planning approval for construction a new main training centre building which will house the first team and under-23 squads as well as the construction of a parents room, a community changing facility and a covered pitch.
The training centre will be a two-storey building with a range of uses from changing and sports facilities to offices and dining for the first team and under-23 players and staff.
The existing academy will also be subject to a largely internal refurbishment and reconfiguration to provide improved facilities for part-time academy players
If approved, the new training centre will be located at the centre of the site with the majority of the new development envisaged for part of the neighbouring Eddie McArdle playing fields.
LFC submitted outline plans for a proposed redevelopment of the club’s current training ground at Melwood earlier this year – three and four-bedroom family homes are expected to feature prominently in any new development.