THE QUADRANT: Development could ‘lift the whole of Boston’

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David Newton believes his plans for a new football stadium, retail development and housing could ‘give the whole town a lift’ if they go ahead.

The Boston United chairman announced plans to redevelop a 250-acre site to the south-west of the town at a Fans’ Forum on Thursday night.

And he believes that if his project – known as The Quadrant – is given the green light then Boston could be given an impressive makeover.

“It would give the whole town a lift,” Newton - who also owns property developers Chestnut Homes - told The Standard.

“It’s the right place for development. It’s been identified by the borough council for a number of years as an area for further development and regeneration in Boston.

“Hopefully, this will be the inspiration that gives them (Boston Borough Council) the impetus to back us.”

The development, which links the A16 near Wyberton to Chain Bridge Road, is hoped to be completed in two stages.

The first phase - Q1 - is planned either side of the A16 at Wyberton near the Tytton Lane junction..

It will incorporate a new football stadium, 500 homes (including affordable housing), retail developments (including restaurants and bars) plus a proposed ‘enabling’ site, such as a supermarket.

It has also been predicted that this site could generate a further 450 jobs in the town, as well as up to 650 temporary construction jobs.

There are also plans to build a link road, which will run from the A16 to Chain Bridge Road.

It was originally hoped to tie in with a hotel, but last year talks with an unnamed chain fell through.

No supermarket has yet agreed to team up with the Pilgrims but other retail firms who have previously shown an interest are said to be keen.

Mr Newton added:”The supermarket is an option. We are in discussions.

“When things start to move forward more people begin to make contact.

“Most of our commercial partners are still interested.”

“It’s a gateway to Boston, so the better we can make that the better is is for the town. It’s really exciting.”