Northamptonshire bypass plans set to be approved

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

Plans for the long awaited Flore/Weedon bypass look set to be approved today, Tuesday.

Northamptonshire County Council’s development control committee will discuss the planning application this morning, starting at 10am – officers have recommended that the application is given approval.

As the highways authority, the county council is the planning authority for the road, and will make the decision on whether to approve the plans or otherwise.

The route, officially known as the Daventry Development Link, would run from just west of Weedon, run north of the village, meet 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 route has been designed to a 70mph speed limit and has the potential for converting to 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.