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Town Centre Regeneration

Boston is a distinctive and important market town, with retail, waterways, history and heritage very much at its heart.

It is an important sub-regional centre and serves a wide catchment area. It is the Council's intent, working closely with all partners including the private sector that signal of the Council's intent to regenerate and make Boston a successful and vibrant town.

Currently the condition and appearance of many of the public spaces and some buildings and shop fronts in Boston Town Centre is poor. There are also a number of examples of buildings and frontages lacking quality and coordination. Very importantly - given the potential attractiveness of the river that meanders through the town - the relationship between the Town Centre and the Haven is currently weak. There is limited or constrained direct access to the waterfront and given the historic role of the river as a functional (rather than aesthetic) feature of the town, many of the town centre buildings turn their back on the river. Some of these issues are currently being addressed through the comprehensive refurbishment of the historic Market Place and through the water level management proposals that will come forward as part of the Boston Tidal Barrier project being led by the Environment Agency.

The town is making significant progress in its regeneration programme - but there is still much more to be done. The Council has invested in recent years in a range of detailed studies and research projects to establish strategies and draft proposals for taking the town centre forward and as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration.

To assist partners, businesses, external funding organisations a range of the relevant reports, studies and strategies and other information is made available at the end of this page and can be viewed and downloaded.   Please note that some of the documents are large specifically the Boston Conservation Area Appraisal (11 mb).  Links to other relevant parts of the Councils web site and other web sites is also provided to the right of this page.

Related documents

Size Name
[11Mb] Boston Conservation Area Appraisal 2009 Boston Conservation Area Appraisal 2009
[585kb] Boston Heritage and Influence - A trail about town Boston Heritage and Influence - A trail about town
[427kb] Boston Town Centre Heritage Development Plan Boston Town Centre Heritage Development Plan
[1Mb] Boston Town Centre Study 2007 Boston Town Centre Study 2007
[4Mb] Boston Waterways Development Plan 2008 Boston Waterways Development Plan 2008
[806kb] Boston Waterways Development Plan - Summary Presentation Boston Waterways Development Plan - Summary Presentation
[1Mb] Market Place and car park study 2007 Market Place and car park study 2007
[5Mb] Market Place Project Introductory Presentation - 2011 Market Place Project Introductory Presentation - 2011
[1Mb] Place making in Boston 2010 Place making in Boston 2010
[956kb] Supporting a conservation grant scheme - 2011 Supporting a conservation grant scheme - 2011
[504kb] Town centre - environment and management Town centre - environment and management
[286kb] Vision for the future of Boston - 2009 Vision for the future of Boston - 2009
[10kb] Why invest in Boston Market Place - Summary of comments 2011 Why invest in Boston Market Place - Summary of comments 2011
[1Mb] Wormgate Regeneration Plan - April 2006 Vision for the future of Boston - 2009

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.