Developers have pledged they don’t want to ‘harm’ Wyberton with major plans for Boston United’s new ground and hundreds of homes.
Chestnut Homes managing director and Boston United chairman David Newton and right hand man Neil Kempster presented their plans for The Quadrant to more than 110 residents last Tuesday night at Wyberton Village Hall.
Mr Newton promised the meeting: “We do not want to do anything that will harm Wyberton.”
He said they had sat down and chosen the best possible location for the development.
He defended the plans against fears that the area does not have the infrastructure to cope with such a massive project, saying studies show it goes along with Boston’s ‘historical’ development.
He said that while he himself would not build a new school or doctor’s surgery – saying that was for taxes to pay for – he could make a contribution towards the cost if the authorities asked for it as part of the planning process.
He said a new road linking the A16 and A52 is part of the longer term plan and would be part of what the county council class a ‘distributor road’. He feels this would help ease traffic in Boston, but stressed: “I have to say, we’re not going to resolve Boston’s transport problems. It’s not what we are here for, it takes a lot more than that.”
During the meeting residents raised a number of concerns about the development.
Brian Rush, representing the newly-formed Wyberton Quadrant Action Group, expressed fears over the pressure on services and the impact of having a football ground in the village.
He said: “I don’t believe this area is the right area for the football stadium.
“I think there are better places in Boston.”
Mr Newton said he realised it would put pressure on existing services, but promised his plan is ‘well thought through’.
He said: “We have looked into other locations, this is, as far as we’re concerned, the most sustainable area on the A16. If we put it anywhere else it will put even more pressure on the rest of the town.”
Residents questioned whether it was worth waiting for the flood barrier to be built, or to place the stadium near to the Princess Royal Sports Arena.
Mr Newton said Boston needs the barrier but at some point the ‘time came to stop waiting’, and argued there are various issues that stopped the PRSA being an option.
Asked whether phase one was about the stadium or the houses, Mr Newton said it was about ‘building a community’ and asked if he had a contingency plan if it all fell through, he responded: “no.”
*The total project value will be £100 million - £5.5 million will be spent on the stadium and £500,000 will be spent before the planning application is submitted.
*More than 500 new homes will be completed . Authorities have estimated that about 4,520 will need to be built by 2031.
*More than 450 jobs will be created in phase one.
*The plans include a supermarket, although none of the major chains have yet come on board.
*The county council is looking into the traffic impact.