Plans for the £100 million Quadrant development are now available for the public to view online - and councillors promised a ‘full and comprehensive’ chance for everyone to have their say on one of the biggest developments ever submitted for the borough.
The application for the Wyberton area includes up to 500 homes and a new 5,000-capacity stadium for Boston United including education, community and sports facilities and a 3G all-weather floodlit pitch.
It also includes a 60-bed hotel, food store and petrol filling station as well as restaurant, pub and hot food takeaway.
A new distributor road and a roundabout junction on the A16 is planned along with demolition of numbers 262 and 264 London Road.
Councillor Mary Wright, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We have been expecting this application for a number of months and now that it has been formally received the council is committed to full and comprehensive publicity and consultation. This is a most significant application and the largest, in my experience that the borough has seen for many years. In view of the likely interest in the town and beyond, it is probable that a special planning committee will be arranged so that the committee can consider all of the issues and properly take into account all of the opinions and representations that will likely be received.
“I anticipate that the special meeting will be arranged for late August or early September at a venue to be confirmed but, for the time being, we are about to embark on wide-ranging publicity so that ever person who wishes to express a view has plenty of opportunity to do so.”
The plan would also see work to realign the Towns Drain and extend to Wyberton Sports Ground.
The football stadium is a full application allowing for work on that part of the scheme to begin without delay if approval is given.
Because of the nature and scale of the application, the council must refer it to the Secretary of State if it wants to approve it. The Secretary of State can then decide to let the approval stand or call it in and determine the application himself.
The council does not need to refer it if it wishes to refuse it.
There will be a minimum 21-day period for comments from the public with the plans available to view in full online at the council’s website.
On top of this Wyberton Parish Council is to hold a meeting on the Quadrant a week on Friday.
At the meeting, at 7.30pm in the parish hall, an opposition group is expected to call for a formal referendum. It needs the support of 10 parishioners to do so.