Daventry District Council welcomes decision to approve plans for the Flore/Weedon bypass

The A45/A5 crossroads in Weedon are near capacity
The A45/A5 crossroads in Weedon are near capacity

Daventry District Council has welcomed the decision to grant planning permission for the Daventry Development Link Road.

The road, also known locally as the A45 Flore/Weedon Bypass, is a key infrastructure project to relieve traffic on local villages and enable the future growth of Daventry.

The planned A45 bypass around Weedon and Flore

The planned A45 bypass around Weedon and Flore

Daventry District Council (DDC) last month approved entering into a funding agreement with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to help deliver the project.

DDC is expected to invest more than £20 million in the scheme from the New Homes Bonus generated from the Church Fields urban extension in north east Daventry, which the road would make possible, as well developer contributions including the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The council has also asked Weedon and Flore parish councils to contribute to the project using CIL money they may receive, as both stand to benefit from reduced traffic once the road is in place.

Most of the remainder of the project’s £35.7 million estimated total cost will come from the Local Growth Fund – Government money secured by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership with backing from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Chris Millar, DDC leader, said: “We are delighted by this decision, which paves the way for the construction of the Daventry Development Link Road and the many benefits it will bring to the town and wider district.

“It will relieve traffic in the villages it bypasses and is absolutely key to the sustainable future growth of Daventry. It will also improve links between Daventry, the M1 and Northampton and assist in attracting further inward investment.

“After many years of work everything is now in place to deliver this project and we look forward to construction starting later this year.”

Construction is expected to start this autumn after NCC’s development control committee approved the planning application for the scheme on Tuesday June 16.

The 3.5-mile single carriageway link road will start at a new roundabout on the A45 between Dodford and Weedon and pass north of Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford before rejoining the A45 at a new roundabout between Upper Heyford and the M1 at Junction 16.

It is hoped the road could open as early as June 2017.