Boston United FC Chairman, David Newton, has this week confirmed that a planning application for the Club’s new Community Stadium at The Quadrant has been submitted to Boston Borough Council.
This is the culmination of many years of hard work. Following the demise of the club back in 2007, we have worked hard to stabilise the finances of the club; ensure the first team manager has the best playing budget that we could provide; rebuild the reputation of the club locally and within the football world; build a large community and education programme and of course all has been done during the worst recession on record.
In tandem we have been trying to secure the long-term future of the club by ensuring that it has a new home when the lease expires on the York Street ground in January 2018. The Community Stadium plans have been developed following the extensive public and fan consultation that was undertaken at the end of 2013 and we believe that the proposals will not only provide Boston United with a secure home; but clearly show the aspirations of the club and provide sufficient income generating facilities for a financially viable future. However, The Quadrant is about so much more. It will create a new southern gateway into the town; provide around 500 new homes to help meet current and future housing projections; provide new food, retail and leisure opportunities; the first part of a potential distributor road network and create up to 460 full-time equivalent new jobs.
Q1 will be carefully designed to fit into its ‘semi-rural’ location and reflect the character of the local area. A very detailed Masterplan has been submitted with the application which explains the rationale behind the proposals and the vision of how we wish to see the development evolve.
Not only is The Quadrant vitally important to the future of Boston United Football Club, but it will also bring much wider benefits to the local economy. Chestnut Homes have a long history of building new homes in the Borough and so we are very excited to be able to bring forward such a high profile development that has the potential to have a really positive long-term impact for the Borough as a whole.
The plans have been designed to create a new stadium that is financially viable, and which helps secure a future for the club and the wide range of community, sports, education and training programmes that it delivers. The Community Stadium’s design includes a sports hall, an all-weather 3G pitch for community use, plus educational and conferencing facilities. The stadium will offer a 4,000+ capacity suitable for the Conference Premier Division, which is easily adaptable to football league standards. Alterations were made to the original stadium design details to reflect feedback from the Club’s supporters.
The Quadrant’s dedicated website www.thequadrantboston.co.uk and Boston Borough Council’s website will have full details of the planning application once it has been validated, and further details will be released over the coming weeks.