The development will enhance Boston’s image and move a step closer to the long-awaited bypass, according to Wyberton’s ward councillor.
Coun Richard Austin has a particular interest in the Quadrant scheme as ward councillor for the area and leader of the political party previously known as Boston Bypass Independents – whose main aim was to get a bypass for the town.
Mr Austin is also vice-chairman of Boston Woods Trust which looks after Westgate Woods and Sir Joseph Banks Country Park, sited near to the proposed Q2 phase of the scheme.
Speaking to The Standard he said: “I think it will create a good impression for those coming into Boston from the south and will lift the image of Boston considerably.”
Regarding the plans to deliver the first part of a potential link road by joining the A16 to the A52, he commented: “It will go someway towards getting the bypass we so badly need, and I’m quite pleased to see it coming forward now, especially as it’s been on the cards for a long, long time.
“I think it will all be very complementary and it will enhance the south western side of the town. There’s already a lot of leisure and sport facilities in the area, with about 10 so far including Boston Woods, Westgate Lakes, the PRSA, RSPB Frampton Marsh, so it will just add to that.”
However, he acknowledged that not all residents will be happy about the proposals, with some existing homes being affected by the developments.
“There’s bound to be reservations with some of the residents as people generally don’t like change, but it will be exciting as it will bring jobs and housing which is bound to enhance the local economy.”
The Q2 development, including a marina and open leisure spaces, is earmarked for green land off Chain Bridge Road, on green land near to Westgate Woods.
“I don’t think it is going to compromise anything the woods are doing.”
Pointing to new rules being considered by central government for developments which take up green land to invest in nearby woodland areas, he added: “It’s too early to say at this stage, but I am hoping this will benefit Boston Woods in the long run.”