‘Significant’ housing plan could bring hundreds more people to Boston town centre

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Plans for a ‘significant’ development which could bring an extra 460 people to Boston are on ice for now for ‘minor changes’.

The first phase of the development, which would add 48 homes to the Matthew Flinders Way and Broadfield Lane area, was due to go before the borough council’s planning committee on April 30, but was withdrawn at the last minute.

Alan Finch of the Stepford Group, which put the application in, said the minor amendments were a result of talks with the borough council and included enhanced allotment provision, detailed provision of play equipment to the public open space and slight change to the affordable housing mix within phase one.

He said: “This fine tuning of this significant application will provide the borough council planning committee with a comprehensive scheme for them to consider in due course.”

If successful the development could go through four phases, which would add 152 houses to the area and increase the population of Staniland South from 3,563 to 4,023.

Staniland South ward councillor Yvonne Gunter said she was aware of concerns by residents in all the surrounding areas and said anyone who had issues should contact the council or attend when it went to planning committee.

Councillors at Boston Town Area Committee recently discussed the plans.

They spoke about the need for a deal to improve public spaces in the area as part of the development – including play areas for children.