A major development in Wyberton that will see 500 new homes built and the relocation of Boston United is being welcomed.
Formal planning permission for The Quadrant (Q1), the first phase of the development, was issued last week.
Two large pots of money have been allocated to the project via the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership.Chestnut Homes boss David Newton
The Quadrant is a mixed-use scheme which includes a new Community Stadium for Boston United Football Club, and its extensive Community Programme, as well as about 500 homes, and commercial and leisure facilities.
Q1 will be created on two parcels of land located on either side of the A16, south of Tytton Lane East.
David Newton, managing director of Chestnut Homes, said: “Having the necessary funding in place for not only the Community Stadium, but also the project as a whole has been something that we have been working on in tandem with the planning process, and we are making good progress in that respect.
“Two large pots of money have been allocated to the project via the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership.
“We can also now move forward with an application for £2m of funding via the Sport England Strategic Facilities Fund, which will help deliver the sports hall and community facilities, which are an intrinsic part of the new stadium.
“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 residents can be proud of for many years to come.”
South Holland MP John Hayes met Mr Newton on Friday in his role as roads minister to look at the plans for a distributor road included in the second phase of the Quadrant development.
Talking about the A16, Mr Hayes said the Quadrant road will form “part of the solution” to Boston’s traffic woes, and added he believed it was “long term-thinking, big thinking and the right kind of thinking”.
He said: “I know this road well because my two sons were both born in Boston at the Pilgrim, and that’s my local hospital. We come to Boston for all kinds of other reasons, too.
“Knowing this road, I know how congested it can be to get through and across Boston.”
Mr Hayes said the road has been a problem for a long time and said he believed the new road – along with several other distributor roads throughout the area – would help.
He said: “We know that studies that have been done show that a series of distributor roads could do the job that a lot of people believe needs to be done in response to congestion in the town.
“This would not help all of the problems, but it’s one of the solutions.”
• Mr Newton said the plans for the distributor road were a ‘stepped process’.
He said Q1 won’t provide massive benefits to traffic but was the ‘first part of the distributor road infrastructure identified by the county council’ and said Q2 was ‘the main bit’.
He said: “The link through Q2 will give the biggest difference and take the road through to the Boardsides.”
The Quadrant’s first phase involves 500 new homes and a new community stadium for Boston United. The developer has said the 200-acre second phase, south west of the town centre off Chain Bridge Road, is ‘likely to include a marina, housing, open spaces, retail and leisure units, community facilities, and employment land’.