Businesses are being urged to consider the impact of the Quadrant development on the town at a key meeting next week.
The Boston Area Chamber of Commerce is putting on the event at the Assembly Rooms next Thursday, July 17, from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Developer Chestnut Homes will explain the plans, which will be on show, and a borough council planning officer will also explain the application process. Both will be present for a question and answer session.
Lincolnshire Chamber chief executive Simon Beardsley said: “It is vital that businesses in Boston are given the chance to look over the plans and have their questions answered.
“Any feedback will be noted before the plans are passed over to the planning department at Boston Borough Council.
“As expected the Quadrant development is attracting a lot of attention. Although extensive consultations have already taken place, this is the first meeting being organised specifically for businesses.
“Businesses in Boston deserve the best. And I believe that hosting this meeting will give a platform to voice their opinions, any concerns or untapped potential of the plans.
“Therefore I urge all businesses in Boston to attend the meeting. The Chamber of Commerce is here to lobby for better trading conditions for its members and county businesses, and to be heard we must come together”.
Feedback from the meeting will form part of the ongoing consultation on the plans.
Harry Drury, director at Thomas Campbell Estate Agents, will be the lead Boston Area Chamber representative and facilitator of the meeting.
He said: “By attending the meeting, local businesses will have the opportunity to make an informed decision on the positive or negative impact that the out of town development may have on their individual business, and be in a position to gauge its impact on the area.
“Having had previous experience with an out of town development close to a market town, it is imperative that independent and corporate businesses take great care to ensure that they are fully briefed on the plans. By doing so they can assess whether there is a potential threat of it reducing footfall to the town, or perhaps increasing it.
“In any case, it is essential for businesses to attend to ensure that they are informed; and where possible, representatives are involved at the early stages so that measures can be put in place to soften any impact an out of town development may have on town centre business”.
The Boston Area Chamber president, Shaun McGarry, also commercial and finance director Calders and Grandidge, said: “The out of town development for retail and leisure facilities in Boston will inevitably have an impact on footfall and the evening economy, be it positive or negative.
“So anyone who has a business in Boston, and is interested in the future footfall of the town should be at the meeting to understand the impact the plans will have on their business.
“One of the big questions that seems to be asked a lot, is what the new retail units are going to be? Who will they attract? What town centre businesses will be in competition with them? Will they enhance or detract from what is already available?
“The meeting will give town centre businesses the chance to talk the Chestnut Homes, plus the planners at Boston Borough Council.
“People in Boston should care and be interested in the future of their town. They ought to consider getting involved in discussions about how we can take Boston, their town, forward in the future”.
The Wyberton Quadrant Action Group fears says businesses should be worried about the impact the development could have.
Chairman Brian Rush told The Standard: “They must be absolutely terrified of someone coming along and ripping the heart out of an already struggling town.
“Every town needs a centre - that’s its heartbeat. It will need major surgery if this goes ahead.
“It could be the end of the town - that’s no exaggeration.”
The open meeting can be attended by any interested business.
For more information please email Enquiries@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk or call 01522 523333.