Driving ahead with A45 bypass plans

Flore Bypass
Flore Bypass
  • A45 bypass for Weedon and Flore moves ahead
  • Road will unlock land for thousands of new homes in Daventry
  • Campaign has run for decades to get a relief road for Flore

A long-awaited bypass which will result in thousands of new homes for Daventry now only needs final approval from Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) before construction begins.

A funding agreement for the Flore/Weedon bypass, officially known as the Daventry Development Link Road (DDL) was backed at Daventry District Council (DDC) on Thursday last week.

DDC’s strategy group agreed to contribute up to 
£14 million for the new road.

The delivery of the bypass will enable land at Church Fields in Daventry to be unlocked for new homes and will further encourage the redevelopment of Daventry.

The Church Field site was backed for homes in the recently adopted Joint Core Strategy. It will also ensure there is a five-year housing land supply for the district. Speaking at the meeting, DDC’s strategic planning portfolio holder, Cllr Alan Chantler, said: “The future of Daventry and the regeneration of the town is dependent on the development of this road. It is expensive but I believe that it is worth it.”

The council’s strategy group agreed to give £2 million of revenue funding to Northamptonshire County Council to help with a loan to build the road. A further £12 million will come from community infrastructure levy. Money from the new homes bonus for the proposed Church Fields application will also be given to the bypass – the total value of this is not mentioned.

An NCC spokesman said: “Securing funding from Daventry District Council for the A45 Daventry Development Link Road is a significant step forward for the project.

“The next stage will be for the council’s development control committee to consider the planning application and for a report to be heard by the council’s cabinet in June.

“Alongside this, work will need to be done to secure all of the land that is needed so the road can be built.”

The bypass will run between junction 16 of the M1 and the existing A45 just west of Weedon, passing to the north of Flore. Its total route is 5.5 km (3.4 miles) and it includes a new roundabout junction on the A5 and several bridges.

NCC has also appointed a contractor to develop a detailed design of the scheme and the same contractor is expected to construct the road.

It is now believed work will start on the new road in October 2015 and will take around 18 months to complete, opening around June 2017. NCC estimates it could cost more than £35 million to build the DDL. The rest of the funds will come from the government and money given by housing developers.