Referendum on Quadrant expected to be called at meeting

Quadrant, commercial units
Quadrant, commercial units

Residents can have their say on the £100 million Quadrant development at a meeting tomorrow night.

Wyberton Parish Council is to hold a meeting at 7.30pm in the parish hall.

At that meeting an opposition group is expected to call for a formal referendum on the scheme – which includes up to 500 homes and a new 5,000-capacity stadium for Boston United.

It needs the support of 10 parishioners to get a referendum, which could cost about £1,500 to run.

The first phase of the Quadrant - or Q1 - 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.

Campaigners say they feel the hotel will take away business from the town. They are not happy with parking arrangements and feel the planned new road will do little to alleviate traffic issues.

They also feel the scale of the development is too large.

Sue Bell, of the Wyberton Quadrant Action Group, said: “We are a village at the end of the day, The minute this comes in we would be swallowed up into Boston and we are going to lose our identity.”

She added: “I don’t disagree that we need new houses but that’s not just here and 500 is overkill.”

The plans are now available to view and Boston Borough Council has promised a ‘comprehensive’ consultation – with a special meeting expected in late August or early September.

Coun Mary Wright, planning committee chairman, 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 every person who wishes to express a view has plenty of opportunity to do so.”

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. They 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.