The Government’s decision to delay its verdict on the Quadrant development has been blamed on Parliament’s summer break.
The Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has written to Boston Borough Council to formally advise them that he will be taking longer to look at the plans, which councillors voted to approve on August 5.
The minister can choose to overrule the decision or to let it stand.
In the letter an office representative writes: “The Secretary of State hereby directs your council not to grant permission on the application without specific authorisation.
“This direction is issued to enable the Department to have a further period in which to consider the proposal.”
The letter gives no indication as to the reason for the delay, however, council leader Peter Bedford said: “The hold is purely because of the summer recess and manpower shortage at the Secretary of State’s office. We just have to be patient and wait to hear.”
The House of Commons was on a summer recess from July 22 until September 1.
It is also understood a ‘late representation’ to the Government is going to be considered.
Developer Chestnut Homes managing director and Boston United chairman David Newton said: “We’re obviously disappointed, but they have indicated it will be decided within the next 21 days, so it’s not gone into a bottomless pit. We’re hoping it will be decided within that time.”
He said the company were not reading into the delay as good or bad news and said it was not unexpected - however he said the company would like to get the project moving forward.
He added work is underway on the plans while they awaited the decision.
Campaigners against the Quadrant development will be ‘watching with interest’ following the announcement of the delay to the application.
Wyberton Quadrant Action Group’s Sue Bell was keen to find out more about the delay, adding: “All I can say is we’re going to watch with interest to see how it progresses.”
She said the campaigners had not disbanded in any way, and were very much still in contact with each other.
During the application process they argued that the development was in the wrong location and would have a negative impact on the people of Wyberton and the surrounding area.
If approved the Quadrant would include a new home for Boston United, 500 houses, a retail park, supermarket and new road.