Plans for the biggest development facing Boston for a generation have now been lodged, with residents braced for a decision on a scheme which could shape the future of the borough.
The application for the Quadrant was submitted to Boston Borough Council on Friday and features a possible 500 homes, new ground for Boston United, supermarket and the first section of a long-awaited bypass.
If passed it is likely to bring the biggest change since John Adams Way was built about 40 years ago.
The first phase centres around the junction of the A16 and Tytton Lane East.
Wyberton councillor James Knowles said: “It is the biggest plan for a generation.”
He added: “I have had quite a few residents for it who think it is the best thing since sliced bread and what Boston needs and I have had others with concerns over traffic issues.
“If the distributor road goes ahead, and is done properly, that will be, in essence, the bypass that Boston has been crying out for.”
Coun Richard Austin agreed it is the biggest plan he has ever experienced as a councillor.
The parish council will discuss the Quadrant at a meeting next Friday at 7.30pm in the parish hall, London Road. A campaign group is expected to call for a referendum on the plans.
MP Mark Simmonds has met with the group and vowed to ensure everyone has a say.
He said: “These proposals represent a significant amount of investment into Boston which will be very welcome from some parts of the community.
“With the local population growing, an increase in homes and local facilities is inevitable and, for the most part, welcome.
“However, I firmly believe that any developments should go ahead with the engagement and support of local residents and business owners.”
If the council is ‘minded to permit’ the plan it has to go to the Secretary of State, who can choose not to get involved or to call it in and make the decision. If the council rejects the plan it will not need to go to the Secretary of State.
The application is ‘hybrid’ - meaning it seeks partly full and partly outline permission.
Once validated, documents will be available to view on the borough council’s website.