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 Post subject: Echo: "Everton FC's Destination Kirkby: What happens now?"
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Everton FC's Destination Kirkby: What happens now?
Nov 26 2009 Liverpool Echo

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SO what happens now, both to Everton and Kirkby in the wake of the government’s dramatic rejection of the plans? RICHARD DOWN looks at the options

Everton or its development partner Tesco could now launch a judicial review of John Denman’s decision in an effort to get the planning refusal turned over at court – but this is considered unlikely to succeed. The Communities Secretary was quite clear that the proposal appears to run “a coach and horses” through retail planning policy.

Everton, still in desperate need of producing more income from match days to keep up with the Premier League elite, could now resort to trying to upgrade historic Goodison Park though the club has repeatedly said this is impossible.

The club could re-enter negotiations with Liverpool City Council over possible alternative locations such as the Kingsway Loop site on Scotland Road. The problem is that the Kirkby deal was financially attractive because of the huge retail element which ultimately proved its downfall.

Liverpool and Everton could begin talks on a shared stadium at Stanley Park – cue huge reactions from fan bases who have regularly expressed anger at any such proposal.

In Kirkby new landowners Tesco could decide to sell up to rival developers Development Securities and St Modwens, who had their own plans swept away by Destination Kirkby.

Tesco could chose to stay in Kirkby, said to be of strategic importance to the supermarket, and submit a scaled-down revamp of the town centre.

Knowsley council could opt to recommend houses be built on parts of Kirkby town centre, as part of plans to build 10,000 new homes by 2025.

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