Lincolnshire

Work on Boston's Quadrant development set to start

Quadrant project
Image caption Work on the Quadrant development is due to start on 9 May

Work to build a new football stadium and 500 homes in a Lincolnshire market town is set to begin.

The £100m plan for the Boston Quadrant was approved in March 2015 despite local opposition.

The development by Chestnut Homes and Boston United FC will include a 4,000-seat ground for the National League North club.

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

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Work will start on 9 May with the construction of a new roundabout on the A16.

Officials said the scheme will create about 460 permanent jobs, with a further 610 construction posts.

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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: "With a bit of luck the housing will start in late summer, [and] with a fair wind, work on the stadium could start [then] as well."

However, he added a number of initiatives were still needed to plug a shortfall of £2m for extra leisure facilities at the stadium, including a dance studio.

The plans were originally referred to the Secretary of State after a majority of local residents who voted in a referendum held by Wyberton Parish Council were against the scheme, raising concerns over increased traffic and pressure on services.

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.

Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman said while it was important to consider the impact on local services that should not be used as a reason not to provide housing people want to live in.

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