Council warned ‘clock is ticking’ for development

The planned new ground
The planned new ground

Councillors have been warned that the ‘clock is ticking’ for Boston United in its bid to move to a new home as part of a massive development.

Boston borough councillors applauded the plans for The Quadrant drawn up by Chestnut Homes as ‘bold, visionary and ambitious’ at a briefing last Monday.

At that meetingChestnut Homes managing director David Newton, who is chariman of the club, said the timescale for the project, is tight.

The club has only four years left on its lease at York Street, which will not be renewed.

Councillors were supportive of the plans outlined by Mr Newton, but concerns were expressed about extra traffic generated by the development of the new stadium, 500 homes, shops, restaurants, a pub, hotel and a supermarket.

There were also concerns about adequate additional health and education provision and the possible impact on town centre businesses.

Mr Newton said: “The clock is ticking and there is a desperate need to relocate to another ground. The club is not sustainable in its current location.”

He explained the first phase of the Quadrant development, which includes 35 acres of residential building, would help fund the new stadium and attract grant funding from other sources such as Sport England. The stadium would cost £5.5 million – with £3 million coming from the development. The main emphasis would be on promotion of football, but netball could also be included.

Mr Newton said there was a need for new housing in the town and the development would help attract jobs.

He said some of the land would be sold to other developers and hoped enough cash would be generated to fund the stadium with some left over for community uses such as health and education. He said a retail impact assessment would be done but added that efforts would be made to avoid competition with town centre businesses.

l A second consultation event will be held on December 4 from 2-8pm at York Street’s Pilgrim Lounge.