Plans for Q1, the first phase of a major regeneration scheme in Boston called The Quadrant, were approved by Boston Borough Council in August 2014 by 10 votes to 2, following a pre-application public consultation which attracted overwhelming local support (76%).
Spring was appointed to develop a consultation strategy for the major scheme – which includes 500 new homes, a new community stadium for Boston United Football Club, and a foodstore – and run the engagement process with the wide variety of local stakeholders.
Initially, we mapped the key stakeholders, including politicians, community groups, immediate neighbours and the wider community.
Two public exhibitions, an interactive website, newsletters, project briefings, press articles and engagement with football fans all helped to inform and involve over 400 people in consultation, with more than 300 expressing their support.
Acting as the main point of contact for any enquiries, we compiled all feedback and produced the comprehensive Statement of Community Consultation, which was submitted with the hybrid planning application.
Community engagement continued throughout the determination process, which resulted in almost four times as many local people writing to the Council in support of the application than in objection. This helped to secure a strong recommendation of approval from the planning officer.
Public consultation will continue on detailed proposals for Q1 as they are brought forward, before plans are developed and consulted on for the second stage of the project, Q2.
Spring is also working on a number of other residential proposals with Chestnut Homes throughout Lincolnshire.