Parish referendum due on Quadrant development

Junction of A16 and Tytton Lane East - this is where the Quadrant development will be  built
Junction of A16 and Tytton Lane East - this is where the Quadrant development will be built

‘The most important planning application Wyberton has ever seen’ will face the public vote at a referendum next month.

A meeting on Friday, at Wyberton Parish Hall, saw residents vote unanimously for a referendum on the Quadrant development.

It has since been revealed that the ballot will be held on June 19, from 4pm to 9pm.

At the meeting, Coun Austin said: “This is probably the most important planning application Wyberton has ever seen.”

The referendum was called by campaigner Sue Bell, of the Wyberton Quadrant Action Group – and backed by nine other residents.

It will be a single yes/no question and will ask ‘do you want the development, known as the Quadrant, to be built?’.

This will be the first referendum of its type in the area. It will be held in the parish hall and those taking part have to attend on the day, with no postal or roxy votes available.

The result will be used to show the verdict of Wyberton residents but will not necessarily influence whether or not the plans are passed.

Previous meetings have revealed the parish council will have to foot the bill, which could be up to £1,500.

Following the vote, Paul Edwards, Boston Borough Council’s development control manager, revealed the the county’s education authority has already asked for £750,000 towards school provision.

He added that, in a change to usual process, the special planning committee which is looking atthe plans will visit the site before reading the officer’s report to prevent any possible bias.

Campaigner Brian Rush again raised concerns over the placement of the site, arguing that he felt it would still be better if built around the Princess Royal Sports Arena.

He said: “The poor people of Wyberton are going to be besmirched with this development for many years to come.”

Mr Edwards said Chestnut Homes had explored PRSA but it was an unsuitable option.

Andy Pottle, centre manager for Pescod Square, was also present and asked if Mr Edwards would be talking to town centre business.

He said: “Looking at the plans, I have some concerns about the effect it’s going to have on the town centre.”

Mr Edwards said there was a retail and leisure report he was examining and he would be able to arrange a meeting with businesses.

He urged anyone who had a comment to get in touch with the council and have their say and said that although sometimes it felt comments were ignored they would be taken into account.

The Quadrant plans include up to 500 homes and a new 5,000-capacity stadium for Boston United.

The first phase of the Quadrant - or Q1 - also includes a 60-bed hotel, food store and petrol filling station, 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.