The news that the Government has given £6 million to invest in the Flore/Weedon bypass has been welcomed by local figures.
The project, formally known as the Daventry Development Link Road, has been secured by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) with backing from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).
The plans by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), with support from Daventry District Council (DDC), will see the construction of a new road off the A45, by-passing Weedon and Flore.
The project is to improve access from Daventry to the M1 and will develop infrastructure of the town.
The proposed route leaves the current A45 between Dodford and Weedon, meets with the A5 north of Weedon and then curves around the northern side of Flore and Nether Heyford to rejoin the existing A45 at the M1 junction 16 roundabout.
Sue Kerrison, the chairman of Flore Parish Council said: “This infrastructure facility will of course have an enormous impact on the village, both in terms of it’s construction and effect on the village.
“As with most projects such as this it is not welcomed totally by all residents of the village, some businesses may suffer, others may flourish, but as Flore Parish Council is undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan this will, like all developments affecting the village, be taken into account as to the potential benefits for additional expansion for both residential and business units.”
DDC’s economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder Cllr Chris Over said: “This is a project that has been talked about for many years so this investment is really good news for Daventry.
“It will enable the further development of the town to take place while relieving Weedon and Flore of through traffic, which will no doubt be of great relief to people living in those villages
“The council welcomes this important contribution from government towards the road’s development and we will continue to work with Northamptonshire County Council to deliver this as soon as possible.” The region’s MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “It is fantastically good news for the residents of Flore and Weedon, for commuters, for shoppers and other drivers.
“To be quite honest, with this road being on the cards for so long, I was not convinced it would happen in my time as an MP but never have plans been so far advanced and cash ready to go.
“I am convinced it will happen soon.”
The proposed route will start on the Daventry side of Weedon. NCC expects to apply for planning permission for the road this year.