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Pilgrims Ready to Submit Ground Plans

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Boston United chairman David Newton is hoping to submit a planning application for the Skrill North club’s new stadium next month.

Newton had initially intended to submit the application – which also features plans for 500 new homes, a new link road and a supermarket – to Boston Borough Council this month.

However, it is now likely to be March as Lincolnshire County Council completes a highway assessment.

“That’s taken a little longer than anticipated. As transport is a key issue around Boston, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got that right,” said Newton.

“If that had been done, we would have got an application in at the end of this month.

“The main thing is to get a robust application in. But we’re not happy that we’ve slipped into March and we don’t want to be slipping beyond that, although it’s out of our hands at the moment.”

Overall, Newton has been delighted with the feedback from the community since unveiling the plans in November.

While the project has encountered objections from some residents in Wyberton, much of the response has been positive.

“We’ve been very happy. On the consultation website, I think 76 per cent were in favour,” said Newton.

“That’s phenomenal really, because a lot of people take to consultation websites to oppose things so it’s unusual to get such strong support for it.

“We’re aware that there are some minor issues in Wyberton, which you would expect. People are a bit nervous.

“But I am pleased that they have voted for a referendum in the village, but not now.

“I think that’s the sensible approach because they’ll be a lot more detail when we put the planning application in. I think that’s right process.

“Overall, it’s been great – we’ve taken people’s opinions and got some really good feedback. We’re trying to incorporate everything we can into the proposal.”


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