Changes made to Flore/Weedon bypass

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The route of the proposed A45 Flore, Upper Heyford and Weedon bypass has been modified to help avoid potential delays to the start date of the project.

A report to be heard by Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week outlines the progress that has been made with the scheme, which is also known as the Daventry development link road.

Since cabinet approved a route in March this year discussions have been ongoing with landowners along the 3.5 mile route.

While those to the east of the proposed junction with the A5 road have agreed in principle to selling their land for the road to be built, it would only be possible to acquire some of the land to the west of the A5 by compulsory purchase order (CPO).

As it is anticipated that following the compulsory purchase process would delay the start of construction from summer 2015 to summer 2016, it is believed that modifying the route would reduce the likelihood of having to introduce CPOs.

For more on this story, see this week’s Daventry Express.