Go-ahead for Daventry Development Link Road

Planning permission has been granted for the A45 Daventry Development Link Road.

Last month Daventry District Council (DDC) entered into a funding agreement with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to help deliver the project.

Construction of the road, which is known locally as the A45 Flore/Weedon Bypass, is expected to start this autumn after NCC’s Development Control Committee approved the planning application for the scheme on Tuesday (16 June).

The 3.5-mile single carriageway link road will start at a new roundabout on the A45 between Dodford and Weedon and pass north of Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford before rejoining the A45 at a new roundabout between Upper Heyford and the M1 at Junction 16.

DDC is expected to invest more than £20 million in the scheme. Most of the remainder of the project’s £35.7m estimated total cost will come from the Local Growth Fund – government money secured by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership with backing from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “We are delighted by this decision, which paves the way for the construction of the Daventry Development Link Road and the many benefits it will bring to the town and wider district.

“It will relieve traffic in the villages it bypasses and is absolutely key to the sustainable future growth of Daventry. It will also improve links between Daventry, the M1 and Northampton and assist in attracting further inward investment.

“After many years of work everything is now in place to deliver this project and we look forward to construction starting later this year.”

The road could open as early as June 2017.

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Thanks to the many people who had the foresight and tremendous energy to see just how much the Flore/Weedon Bypass (Daventry Link-Road) will make. More importantly it is the key to the prospects of business and homes in Daventry and as a result the whole district who will benefit. Thanks to Northampton County Council who also saw this vision and supported the project. There have been many people involved at so many levels to get this far, but without the driving force and dynamism of Chris Miller, DDC Councillors and the planners, it would still be a pipe dream and the 77 years to date it has taken to date to get this Bypass, would have been a disaster for us all. I just wished my father could have been here to read the great news!