The Core Strategy is the central, overarching strategy within the Local Plan. It sets out a vision, key objectives and strategic planning policies for Knowsley up to and beyond 2028. The development of the Core Strategy is a multi-stage process, the previous key stages were the Issues and Options and Preferred Options. At each of these stages in-depth public consultations were conducted, the responses to which were then used to inform the next stage in the development of the Plan. The Core Strategy has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for an independent Examination in Public.