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£1.8 million pound town centre project

Boston Borough Council is pressing ahead with a bid for a £1.8 million Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Support for the project has already been given in principle by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and to progress it the council now has to complete a second-stage application with a Conservation Area Management Plan.

If successful the initiative would secure £1 million from the HLF, supported by other private sector and public funding making a total project value of £1.8 million. The borough council's contribution would be £125,000.

The plan explains in detail how the special character of Boston's town centre and conservation area will be preserved and enhanced and public opinion is now sought on the plan.

The plan gives the HLF confidence that the council is serious about its conservation area and understands what is needed to manage and improve it.

Funding will enable investment in buildings on the east side of the Market Place and the Dolphin Lane and Pump Square areas. There could be significant building repairs, shop front improvements and other refurbishment, enhancing and regenerating important lanes, shops and buildings helping to make Boston more attractive for residents, visitors and inward investors. It would also help sustain existing businesses.

The council's Cabinet agreed to take into account comments from public consultation, make any appropriate adjustments  and adopt the management plan as part of the evidence in support of the council's bid to the HLF. Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, told the Cabinet: "£125,000 for £1.8 million is a pretty good investment."

Public consultation will  run until  October 7.  The Conservation Area Management Plan can be found below along with the Conservation Area Appraisal document which informs the Management Plan.  If you would like to submit your views please email your comments to

Related documents

Size Name
[13Mb] Conservation Area Appraisal- Boston Conservation Area Appraisal - Boston
[6Mb] Draft Conservation Area Management Plan Draft Conservation Area Management Plan

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.