The final stage of consultation will run from December 1 2020 for 8 weeks, ending on January 26 2021. However, the plan and evidence base is available to view now, meaning people will have more than 12 weeks to view and familiarise themselves with the content before submitting responses. 

We are now at the 'Publication Stage' of this plan. It is the final stage of consultation before the plan goes to the Secretary of State who will then appoint an independent inspector or inspectors to examine the plan. 

The Publication Plan is the plan that the 10 local authorities consider to be the plan they intend to submit to the Secretary of State for examination. This is a formal stage of consultation and at this stage of consultation we are asking you whether you think the GMSF meets the 'tests of soundness'. 

The term 'sound' is used to describe a Local Plan that has been prepared in accordance with what Government expects of local planning authorities.

The tests of soundness will be explained in the consultation and you can also find more information about these in the FAQs.