Everton FC submits plans for mixed-use Goodison Park redevelopment

Reports that Everton Football Club has submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of its Goodison Park site in Liverpool feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the football team's plans for the site would see it "redeveloped into a number of community assets after the Blues complete their potential move to the city's waterfront". The submission of the latest application comes after the club submitted a detailed planning application on a proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in December. The redeveloped Goodison Park would include health and education uses, alongside 173 homes, the paper says.

The Times (subscription) reports that the "millionaire founder of the White Stuff fashion brand wants to plant more than 1,000 trees to avoid having to tear down a tennis court, skate park and two-storey garage he built without planning permission at a Devon beauty spot". The paper says that "Sean Thomas, 56, made a retrospective application for the additions after a neighbour complained last year about structures built in 2016 on land behind his clifftop house at Gerston Point near Salcombe, in an area of outstanding natural beauty".

The Times also reports that "Cornish residents have reported 650 holiday lets and second homeowners to the council in the past five days as people sneak into the county for the Easter weekend." The paper says the council and Devon and Cornwall police "are increasing their efforts to deter weekenders as police officers stop cars, caravans and motorhomes on the M5, A30 and at service stations and car parks at beauty spots. Visitors have been stopped on coastal paths in St Mawes, Rock and Padstow."

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the UK housing market "has come to a sudden halt, with sales expectations dropping to their lowest level in more than 20 years after estate agents closed their doors in the nationwide coronavirus lockdown". The paper says that the "score for sales expectations in the next three months dropped to minus 92, the lowest figure since the survey began in 1998 — down from 26 in February, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' monthly survey of the residential housing market, published on Thursday".

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