Plans for Boston United ground, supermarket, 500 homes and new road submitted to council

Design for Boston United's new ground
Design for Boston United's new ground

Plans for the Quadrant development - which includes a new home for Boston United, houses, supermarket and a new road – have now been submitted to Boston Borough Council.

Chestnut Homes has this morning submitted its plans for the first phase of the Quadrant development in Wyberton - and have revealed the new look to the football stadium which was altered after public feedback.

‘Q1’ is set to include about 500 homes, a food store, leisure units, a new ‘community football stadium’ as a home for Boston United Football Club, and a new road to serve Q1, which may also become the first section of a bypass linking the A16 and A52.

This part of the Quadrant centres on land off the A16 near the junction of Tytton Lane.

Chestnut Homes says that of the 419 consultation questionnaires it received, 76 per cent of respondents said they support the proposal for Q1, with 15 per cent not in support, and 6 per cent unsure (3 per cent did not specify).

David Newton, managing director of Chestnut Homes, says “We are delighted to have submitted our application for Q1 – it’s a very exciting project both for Chestnut Homes and the borough as a whole.

“Delivery of Q1 would create a fantastic new southern gateway into the town, much needed new housing, new commercial opportunities, the first part of a potential distributor road network, and of course a new home for Boston United Football Club and it’s community and education programmes.

“The feedback we received from local people has helped us to draw up a planning application that we’re proud of. We have tried to reflect local views wherever possible in the final proposal.”

Changes to the original plans put out to consultation include:

*The proposed pedestrian/cycle link into the Q1 site from Clarke Court has been removed following concerns from local residents

*An ‘enhanced landscape belt; to the north of the proposed leisure units alongside the A16 has been added to the plans, to minimise any potential impacts on adjacent residents on this part of Tytton Lane East

*Land will potentially be gifted to Wyberton Playing Fields Association to provide an additional pitch for the local community

*Alterations have been made to the stadium design details to reflect feedback from BUFC supporters

Mr Newton added: “We will make a commitment to limit the new homes to two storeys along all boundaries following concerns raised by some residents.

“Also, the feedback we received reinforced our design team’s views that Q1 should respect the semi-rural nature of Wyberton village – we hope that our plans show this, and we look forward to developing this further at the detailed design stage.”

The developer also promised to work with police and highways chiefs to ensure parking restrictions are placed on nearby roads on match days.

It will build a new roundabout will be formed on the A16 to not only provide access to the new distributor road, but also to the new community stadium.

A new bus stop is proposed on the A16 and speed limits may also be reduced on the A16 and London Road around Q1, although will ultimately be the decision of Lincolnshire County Council. 

The new homes will be constructed in phases, with construction of the first phase likely to commence in 2015.

Mr Newton, also chairman of Boston United, says the new ground will provide a new home for the club that is financially viable. The stadium would also include a sports hall, an all-weather 3G pitch for community use, plus educational and conferencing facilities. The lease on its current ground expires in January 2018.

The plans state that the development of Q1 is likely to provide 460 full time equivalent local jobs at the food store and the leisure units, which are likely to house a hotel, cafes and restaurants, fast food outlets and a family pub.

About 610 temporary construction jobs will also be created over the life of the project.

Mr Newton also told the club’s website: “This is the culmination of many years of hard work. Following the demise of the club back in 2007, we have worked hard to stabilise the finances of the club; ensure the first team manager has the best playing budget that we could provide; rebuild the reputation of the club locally and within the football world; build a large community and education programme and of course all has been done during the worst recession on record.

“In tandem we have been trying to secure the long-term future of the club by ensuring that it has a new home when the lease expires on the York Street ground in January 2018. The Community Stadium plans have been developed following the extensive public and fan consultation that was undertaken at the end of 2013 and we believe that the proposals will not only provide Boston United with a secure home; but clearly show the aspirations of the club and provide sufficient income generating facilities for a financially viable future.”

He added: “Not only is The Quadrant vitally important to the future of Boston United Football Club, but it will also bring much wider benefits to the local economy. Chestnut Homes have a long history of building new homes in the Borough and so we are very excited to be able to bring forward such a high profile development that has the potential to have a really positive long-term impact for the Borough as a whole.”

Planning officers at the council will now be going through the documents to ‘validate’ the application - a process that may take one to two weeks.

After that, all the documents will be available to view on the council’s website.