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Quadrant planning application latest

A planning application for one of the biggest developments ever submitted for the borough has now been verified and will be put before a special meeting of the borough council's planning committee.

An artist's impression of one view of the proposed new Boston United Football Club stadium planned for Wyberton

The application for the Wyberton area includes up to 500 homes, a new 5,000-capacity stadium for Boston United Football Club including education, community and sports facilities and a 3G all-weather floodlit pitch.

It also includes a 60-bed hotel, a food store and petrol filling station, commercial and leisure uses (restaurant, pub and hot food takeaway).

A new distributor road and a roundabout junction on the A16 is planned along with demolition of numbers 262 and 264 London Road.

It is also proposed to realign the Towns Drain and extend to Wyberton Sports Ground.

The football stadium is a full application allowing for work on that part of the scheme to begin without delay if approval is given.

Because of the nature and scale of the application, the council must refer it to the Secretary of State if it wants to approve it. The Secretary of State can decide to call it in for consideration or determination.

The Council does not need to refer it if it wishes to refuse it.

There will be a minimum 21-day period for comments from the public once full details of the application are available to the public but publicity will be undertaken via letters to all immediate neighbours, site notices around the site and a notice in the press.

Councillor Mary Wright, chairman of the planning committee, said: "We have been expecting this application for a number of months and now that it has been formally received the council is committed to full and comprehensive publicity and consultation. This is a most significant application and the largest, in my experience that the borough has seen for many years. In view of the likely interest in the town and beyond, it is probable that a special planning committee will be arranged so that the committee can consider all of the issues and properly take into account all of the opinions and representations that will likely be received.

"I anticipate that the special meeting will be arranged for late August or early September at a venue to be confirmed but, for the time being, we are about to embark on wide-ranging publicity so that ever person who wishes to express a view has plenty of opportunity to do so."