Bypass changes are a relief for villagers

Changes to the planned route for the Weedon and Flore bypass have been applauded by villagers, as work gets underway on a planning application.

Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet gave its backing to the changes on Tuesday.

The road – known as the Daventry Development Link – was planned to end close to Dodford on the A45. The revision will see it terminate near the Ace Cafe site, closer to Weedon’s industrial estate.

Other changes have been made to the route following surveys, but the road will still pass north of Weedon, Flore, and Nether Heyford.

Graham Minett, chairman of Dodford Parish Council, said: “There have been a lot of discussions over the past 12 months about the road.

“The original terminus was very close to Dodford. That would have meant noise and light pollution. The village also lies in a bowl, and the traffic having to climb up a hill to the A45 would produce extra pollution, and the heavy particulates would then sink down the hill into the village.

“We met with the council and they agreed with us. Our arguments made sense, and the solution – to move the end closer to Weedon – also shorted the link road and made it cheaper. It also will make it more convenient for vehicles leaving the Cavalry Hill industrial estate in Weedon and heading for the M1. The funding has all been earmarked and allocated as far as I understand. The timetable says a planning application will be made this year. If it all goes according to plan, ground will be broken on the bypass in 2015.”

A bypass for Flore has been discussed for decades, but in recent years the capacity of the A45 between Daventry and the M1 has limited how much the town can grow. The development link/bypass will allow thousands of new homes to be built in Daventry.