Liverpool FC 'unveils plans to expand Anfield capacity to 61,000'

A report that Liverpool Football Club has unveiled plans to expand its Anfield stadium features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph (subscription required) reports that the club has revealed its draft proposal for a two-tiered expansion of the Anfield Road End of its stadium. The revamped structure would potentially add 7,000 seats to the capacity of the ground, taking its overall capacity to 61,000 as a result, according to the paper. A formal planning application for the proposal is expected to be submitted by spring 2020, it adds.

Scottish ministers have intervened in plans to build a luxury home overlooking Culloden Battlefield because of its potential impact on the historic site, The Scotsman reports. Permission was granted in September to convert an existing steading to create the house, including a zen garden, hot tub and cinema room, at Culchunaig. But the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division has now called-in the application and will decide itself whether the house can be built, the paper reports. The site is around 50 metres from the south-west boundary fence of the National Trust for Scotland section of the battlefield and visitor centre, it adds.

Plans to buy properties on Wales’s most polluted street so they can be knocked down have been signed off, the BBC website reports. It says Caerphilly County Borough Council has approved plans to buy and demolish 23 properties on the A472 at Hafodyrynys. Nitrogen dioxide levels on the road have been recorded as the highest in the UK outside central London, the article states. Demolishing the properties will allow a footbath to be realigned and the council will offer residents 50 per cent above the market rate for the purchase of their homes to ensure they do not lose out financially.

Latest research argues that the UK’s contribution to the UN’s climate fund should increase to £20 billion by 2030 if it plans to pay a "fair share" to helping the global climate crisis, the Guardian reports. A report by the think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research states that the UK should "shoulder more of the burden" of the global climate crisis because of its major contribution to rising carbon emissions, the paper says. The research says the next government should radically increase the money it spends on helping to fund green initiatives by almost threefold to match its contribution to the climate crisis, according to the paper.

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