Extraordinary meeting called to discuss plans for A45 bypass

Weedon Bec Parish Council has called an extraordinary meeting to discuss the plans for the Flore/Weedon bypass.

The application for the bypass, officially known as the A45 Daventry Development Link Road, has been submitted by Northamptonshire County Council.

The meeting has been called to give residents the chance to have their say on the plans. The response will be put into a report which will then be determined.

People going along to the meeting will also be able to see a simulation of how the road will look when completed.

It will be held at the annexe of Weedon Village Hall on Tuesday, January 6 starting at 7pm.

The new road will run parallel to the south-western side of the M1 for 3km to the north of of Upper Heyford and Flore. It will then head south-west joining the A5 at the new roundabout to the north of Weedon before crossing the Grand Union Canal and the West Coast Main Line railway.

It will re-join with the A45 at a new roundabout to the west of Weedon.

Flore Parish Council has already outlined its support for the scheme but has raised concerns due to the size of the development.

This includes a transportation strategy and spoil relocation and the council has asked if material can be re-used on the site.

It has also asked for a mitigation strategy to be put in place to help with the High Street in Flore and also an improvement of cycle routes between Daventry and Northampton.

Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “This is a bypass which is long overdue and I am quite keen to see the physical work start on the ground as soon as possible.

“From speaking to a lot of people living in both Flore and Weedon, this is all the kind of thing that they have heard a million times before.

“Therefore a lot of them have the attitude that they will believe it will happen when they see it happen, despite everyone saying that this bypass will be built.

The leader of Daventry District Council, Cllr Chris Millar, added: “This is very positive news for the Daventry district.

“It also opens up Daventry to have a lot more housing come into the town and we can further push for the redevelopment of the town.”

Work is likely to start in the summer if the bypass gets final approval.

The plans will now be determined by NCC’s own development control committee.

Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so by emailing developmentcontrol@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by writing to Planning Services, Northamptonshire County Council, Floor 3, Guildhall Road Block, County Hall, Northampton, NN1 1DN.