Government will not ‘call in’ Quadrant decision

The new design for Boston United's proposed ground
The new design for Boston United's proposed ground

The Government has decided to let Boston Borough Council’s decision to pass the Quadrant development stand.

Councillors had voted in favour of the development – which includes 500 homes and a new stadium for Boston United – on August 5 but due to the size and nature of the plans it then had to be passed on to the Secretary of State Eric Pickles for a say.

His department has now confirmed to the club that it will not step in, leaving it free to go ahead.

A statement on the Boston United website says: “The Secretary of State has decided not to call in The Quadrant planning application and has referred the decision back to Boston Borough Council, who voted to approve the plans on 5 August 2014.

“Following a 21-day period which was extended slightly, confirmation has now been received from the Secretary of State that no further involvement is needed. Now, Chestnut Homes and the Council will conclude the Section 106 legal agreement and then planning permission can be formally granted.

“Subject to securing all the necessary funding and progressing all required technical approvals, work could start on The Quadrant as early as 2015. Detailed applications for the residential and commercial elements of the scheme will also be brought forward in phases as the project progresses.”

The decision of the Secretary of State had been delayed, with the summer break for Parliament thought to be responsible.