QUADRANT: Approval is ‘big for Boston’ says Boston United chairman

Quadrant, commercial units
Quadrant, commercial units

Boston United chairman and Chestnut Homes managing director David Newton said he was ‘relieved’ by the decision of the planning committee.

He said he was ‘absolutely confident’ issues raised during the meeting will be addressed.

He said: “This is big for Boston.”

“All we can do as a company is put forward a robust planning application and then it’s down to committee. I could never call what was going to happen,” he added.

“I think they did a very good job debating what was a difficult decision for them.”

He said he was pleased that all the key consultees – such as the Environment Agency and internal drainage boards –had either had no objections or had withdrawn them.

He said he was impressed by all the supporters who had spoken, particular 11-year-old Nathan Harrison.

He said: “Nathan’s a brilliant lad, it wasn’t surprising he wanted to speak. We have got lots of young kids like him.

“His grandma is at the club almost every day helping out anyway she can and that’s what Boston United’s about.

“People from Lincoln talk about what great spirit there is at the club. It’s a family club.”

He now has his fingers crossed that the Secretary of State won’t call the decision in.

He later told the Boston United website: ““I am delighted that the planning committee overwhelmingly supported the application which I believe is not only significant for the future of our fantastic football club, but also for the town as a whole.

“This is a major step forward, but we must not get carried away, as there are many things that need to fall into place before The Quadrant and the new community stadium become a reality.

“I must put on record my thanks to all those that supported the project. It is unusual to have the vast majority of comments in favour of a planning application. The Boston United Supporters’ Association stepped up to the plate and I sincerely thank them for the support.”