Permission has been ‘formally granted’ for The Quadrant development in Wyberton - meaning that work can begin on a new stadium for Boston United along with 500 new homes.
Planning officers gave the first phase of the development, known as Q1, the go-ahead today (Monday), following the completion of a Section 106 planning agreement - which sets out a series of obligations for the development.
Q1 will build on two pieces of land next to the A16, south of Tytton Lane East, in Wyberton, and will involve a new community stadium for Boston United Football Club on one side and about 500 homes with commercial and leisure facilities on the other.
David Newton, the managing director of Chestnut Homes which is developing the plans, said he considered the news to be a ‘significant step forward’ for Boston’
He said: “The Quadrant is a project which has already been a number of years in the making because, as with all large-scale developments, every stage of the process must be carefully considered.
“I am delighted that planning permission has been granted. This is significant step forward for Boston, and we look forward to continuing to work to bring the scheme to fruition.”
He added that the priority now was to ensure the balance of necessary funding - which he described as ‘making good progress’ and including two pots of money from the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership.
A further application for £2m of funding via the Sport England Strategic Facilities Fund, is also set to be made.
Mr Newton said: “I understand that now planning permission is in place, people will be keen and excited to see work commence, but I have been clear all along that this is a “stepped process”, and the project must be delivered in a well-planned and sustainable way. We are currently working our way through the technical details of the infrastructure and the community stadium, so we are ready to start construction when the final pieces of funding are in place.
“We remain committed to moving this project forward as quickly as possible. Our aim is still to start work on site this year if at all possible, but more importantly, it is essential that The Quadrant is delivered in the correct way to ensure that it is a viable, sustainable development which the people of Boston can be proud of for many years to come.”