BREAKING NEWS: Flore/Weedon bypass plans in Northamptonshire approved

The updated route for the A45 bypass
The updated route for the A45 bypass

Plans for the long awaited Flore/Weedon bypass have been approved.

Northamptonshire County Council’s development control committee backed the planning application at a meeting held this morning.

Work could start on the new road as soon as October.

As the highways authority, the county council is the planning authority for the road.

The route, officially known as the Daventry Development Link, will run from just west of Weedon, heading north of the village, meeting the A5 at a new roundabout, and continue on north of Flore, to rejoin the current A45 close to the junction 16 roundabout.

Although the application is for a single carriageway road, planners say the curves of the route have been designed to a 70mph speed limit so there is potential for converting it to a dual-carriageway in the future.

Plans for the road have moved forward at speed in recent years after a planning inspector held the current A45 at Weedon was near its limit in terms of traffic, and for any more homes to be built in Daventry a bypass would be needed.

Daventry District Council says the town needs to take thousands of new homes in order to create a bigger population to draw in retailers and leisure facilities.