Shropshire Star

With North West Relief Road project finally approved after years of rancour - what comes next?

After the much-delayed decision to give Shrewsbury's controversial North West Relief Road the green light was confirmed, the question is what exactly happens next.

How the North West Relief Road could look

The Shropshire Council proposal was granted planning permission by its own Northern Planning Committee yesterday.

The decision was made despite more than 5,000 objections to the plans.

And while the major milestone of planning permission has been passed, there remain other issues to resolve before the council actually gets spades in the ground.

Some of those issues are predicted and expected, while others remain up in the air.

The council's next step will be to issue a tender for firms to bid for the contract to build the road – that much was confirmed by Shropshire Council's cabinet member for highways, Councillor Dan Morris, in the aftermath of the committee's decision yesterday.

While that is being done the authority will complete a document called the 'full business case', which must be submitted to the Government and approved before it releases the funds to pay for the construction of the road.