By Max Winters For Mailonline
Published: 16:04 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 16:08 BST, 15 September 2020
Heritage England, a government agency opposed to Everton's plans to build a new 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, has been slammed for objecting to the club's proposals.
The Premier League club submitted an amendment to the planning application for their stunning new stadium last week with hope that its construction can begin early next year.
But Heritage England, the Victorian Society and ICOMOS are fiercely against the site being used for the stadium because they want to preserve the Grade II listed Bramley-Moore Dock and prevent it from being filled in.
Heritage England has been slammed for objecting against Everton's new stadium plans
The club want to construct a 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore dock in Liverpool
Heritage England are against it, wishing to preserve the Grade II listed Bramley-Moore Dock
But their position has angered the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a body trying to help cities in the north of England, because they claim the stadium will bring much needed jobs and investment to Merseyside.
Henri Murison, director of the NPP, told The Guardian: 'Unnecessarily delaying a £1billion mega-project such as this – which will support constructions sectors and related trades in the coming years and will create 15,000 jobs – would be a huge mistake at a time when we're facing rising unemployment, with this a material economic intervention in the city region.
'Historic England reading of the requirements of the World Heritage Status – which has already served its purpose in establishing its visitor brand – shows the time may have come when its disadvantages for the city outweigh any residual benefits it brings.