Where is the site?
The Q1 site is south west of Boston town centre and is split across two parcels of land. The residential and retail elements of the development will be on land south of Tytton Lane East; east of London Road and west of the A16; and the new Community Stadium will be on land directly to the east, on the other side of the A16. Click here for a link to the map of the sites.
Do we need more houses?
According to the projections within the draft Local Plan, 4,520 new homes need to be built in the Boston Borough between 2011 and 2031, to meet local housing requirements. The c.500 new homes at The Quadrant will make a valuable contribution to achieving that target. At present the Borough Council do not have the 5 year housing land supply required by planning policy, so this development will help the immediate identified shortfall in land supply.
Why is a new football ground needed?
The lease expires on Boston United Football Club’s existing ground in January 2018. The existing stadium is ageing and no longer fit for purpose. There are limited opportunities to generate income on both match and non-match days, and this renders the club economically unviable in its current location. This restricts the playing budget and has an adverse impact on the progression of the club on the pitch. More space and better facilities are also required for the ever-growing community programme the Club supports. Click here to read more about plans for the new Community Stadium.
How will Q1 be accessed?
Q1 will be connected to the local road network via a roundabout on the A16, and a new junction onto London Road. Click here to read more about access and see the plan.
Will the development increase the risk of the area flooding?
No – a key aspect of national planning policy relating to flood risk states that new developments should not increase flood risk to neighbouring properties. A drainage strategy is being produced which will ensure no increase in surface water run-off and flood storage proposals to ensure no displacement of tidal flood water.
The consideration of flood risk will be a key factor in the development of Q1, and the safety of local people will be paramount in the design. The development will also provide opportunities to improve the existing situation for the community by, for example, incorporating safe havens that will be able to be used by local people should flood risk threaten south-west Boston.
How long will the construction process take?
The development of Q1 will take around 6 to 7 years.
How many jobs will be created?
The development of Q1 is likely to provide 460 full time equivalent local jobs. During the construction phase, it is likely that up to 610 temporary construction jobs will be created over the lifetime of the project. Read more about the types of jobs that will be created here.
When will the development be built?
Development is likely to commence some time in 2015.
When will Q2 be built?
Plans for Q2 are in the very early stages and local input will be needed to develop the plans further. The timings depend on sales and progress on Q1, and also the timescales for the conclusion of the Local Plan process.
What was the outcome of the consultation process?
You can read about the consultation process and the feedback received here. Feedback from local people has helped us to prioritise the key issues that needed to be considered in the application, which include traffic and transport; flooding; potential impacts on local properties; and pressures on local health and education resources.
What happens next?
The hybrid planning application for Q1 was approved by 10 votes to 2 by Boston Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 5th August 2014, in line with the planning officer’s recommendation. The application was then referred to the Secretary of State who decided whether to ‘call in’ the application and determine it himself. On 17th September, he confirmed that the application would not be called in and instead allowed the Council’s decision to stand. Now, Chestnut Homes and the Council have concluded the Section 106 legal agreement, and planning permission was formally granted on 30th March 2015.
Subject to securing all the necessary funding, and progressing all required technical approvals, work could start on The Quadrant in 2016. Detailed applications for the residential and commercial elements of the scheme will also be brought forward in phases as the project progresses.