By Jonathan Davies

Liverpool Football Club has been granted planning permission to expand the capacity of Anfield from 45,000 to 59,000 as part of a £260m regeneration of the area.

Liverpool City Council's planning committee approved the plans which will see the Main Stand expanded by around 8,300 seats and the Anfield Road stand by 4,800.

The Main Stand will the main stand move from one tier to three, but will also provide more conference facilities, a new club shop and more parking space.

But some local residents have criticised the plans, saying Anfield had "selfishly blighted" the area.

Mike Butler from the Anfield Regeneration Action Committee said: "The Anfield area is not a business estate for Liverpool Football Club."

Mr Butler described the plans as "one concerted attack after another" on the residents around Anfield.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.

"Liverpool FC's proposals for the stadium are a key part of this."

In addition to the stadium expansion, 250 new homes will be built, but 296 will be demolished. A 100 bed hotel will also be built in the area.

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