Everton Football Club has received a huge vote of public support regarding plans to build their new stadium, according to the club.
The club received over 43,000 responses to the public consultation, with 96% of respondents saying that they supported the plan for a new stadium and community-led legacy project.
98% of respondents to the survey also supported the proposed plans for the 52,000 capacity stadium at the Bramley-Moore Dock.
It is believed to have been one of the largest commercial public consultations in Liverpool's history.
The plans to build the new stadium and redevelop the site at Goodison Park are known as The People's Project.
The second stage of The People’s Project public consultation ran during July and August 2019 and included a 19-day touring exhibition that visited 12 locations across all six Liverpool City Region boroughs.
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive of Everton, said: “These results are a huge vote of confidence in our continuing plans for all aspects of The People’s Project.
"This is a really important milestone and having the level of support we have from the Liverpool City Region public means we can submit for planning before the end of this year with confidence."
She added: “This will be transformational, not only for Everton Football Club but also for North Liverpool and the wider city region.”
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “We have been working with Everton from the start of this project and what has been clear from day one is that this stadium is not just right for the Club and their supporters, it’s a development that is right for our dilapidated docklands which sit in one of the poorest areas of the UK."