Developer says Government decision on ‘exciting’ Quadrant means work can start next year - but councillor warns road improvements are needed first

Quadrant, commercial units
Quadrant, commercial units

The Government has decided not to step in over the Quadrant development – meaning the plans will be free to go ahead, with work possibly able to start in 2015.

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 said it will not ‘call in’ the decision, meaning the planning committee’s verdict will stand.

Boston United chairman and Chestnut Homes managing director David Newton said: “We are delighted that the planning permission for The Quadrant can now be formalised and the project can finally become a reality.

“This is a very exciting project for the town as a whole, and will give the local economy a real lift. The new community stadium will also help secure the future of Boston United Football Club and will provide an excellent facility for community groups and residents alike.”

He said the firm will be working to finalise the planning ‘section 106’ agreement to fund the firm’s contribution towards school, health and other services.

Mr Newton added: “Subject to resolving all technical matters, and securing the balance of the required funding we are still hopeful that work will commence on site late spring or early summer next year.”

A borough council spokesman revealed that the minister did get a separate request from an ‘unidentified party’ that he should intervene in this application.

The council said it is hopeful that legal negotiations can be concluded ‘shortly’ so that the plans can go ahead.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of the council, said: “I welcome this decision by the secretary of state as this demonstrates the planning committee made the right decision for Boston as a whole.”

Wyberton councillor Richard Austin said that although the houses and football stadium are needed the development will leave many in the village worried.

Coun Austin added: “It is very important that the concerns of the people are addressed, as well as they can be, and that the services that are needed are provided. We desperately need a better road structure in Wyberton to cope with traffic that’s going to be generated.”

The independent councillor also said he was concerned about traffic congestion when work is done to install a new A16 roundabout.