Boston's Quadrant stadium plans get green light

Quadrant project
Image caption Work on the Quadrant development could begin later this year

A scheme to build a new stadium and 500 homes in a Lincolnshire market town has been given the go ahead.

The £100m plan for the Boston Quadrant was first approved in August, but following opposition it was referred to the secretary of state.

The application was then sent back to Boston Borough Council for more detailed plans to be submitted.

Developer Chestnut Homes and Boston United FC plan to build a 4,000-seat ground for the Conference North club.

About 100 affordable homes have been included in the housing plan, as well as shops and a hotel.

The application was formally approved on Monday.

Image copyright Chestnut Homes
Image caption A new stadium with community facilities will be built as part of the scheme

Club chairman David Newton, who owns Chestnut Homes, said the development, off the A16 in Wyberton, would boost the local economy and "create an awful lot of jobs".

He described it as a "significant step forward" for Boston.

Mr Newton said he hoped work could start later this year, once funding was in place and those opposed to the scheme would see the benefits.

The majority of residents who voted in a referendum held by Wyberton Parish Council were against the scheme, raising concerns over the potential impact, including increased traffic.

However, of those eligible to vote, only 18.76% - 550 people - took part.

The low response was partly blamed on an England World Cup game taking place at the same time.

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