Bypass could open up more industrial land

Around 25 hectares of development land for employment will be available following the construction of the Flore/Weedon bypass.

The claims have come following research by the national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton.

Lambert Smith Hampton has analysed around 50 infrastructure investment schemes across the country under the umbrella plan Investing in Britain’s Future and other initiatives.

The report focused on seven planned and proposed schemes that Lambert Smith Hampton expects will have the most impact on the industrial and logistics sector.

The firm’s report highlights that the bypass – officially called the Daventry Development Link Road – will improve access from the town to junction 16 of the M1 by diverting traffic around villages.

James Hill, director of industrial and logistics at Lambert Smith Hampton’s Northampton office, said: “Daventry’s road connectivity is often a reason for occupiers not locating in the area.

“This new road will significantly increase accessibility to the south of Daventry by reducing journey times from Junction 16 of the M1.

“We expect that this will generate serious interest, putting Daventry on par with other M1 locations by encouraging logistics occupiers 
to include it on their shortlists.

“The A45 Development Link Road will also generate opportunities for the release of development land along its route and to the eastern edge of Daventry itself.

“Proposed plans currently include mixed-use developments, which are mainly residential.

“However, the new infrastructure is likely to encourage a different approach from Daventry District Council which has held back land delivery for employment use due to concerns over vehicle movements through residential settlements.

“We predict that this new route has the potential to open up around 25 hectares of development land for employment.”

The preferred proposed route has been agreed, but Northamptonshire County Council is currently refining plans for the construction, which is scheduled to start next year.