Luton Town Football Club can look forward to life in a new stadium after plans for a related development at Newlands Park were given the go-ahead.
Luton Borough Council’s development control committee approved the development at Newlands Park, near junction 10 of the M1, paving the way for a new stadium to be built at Powers Court in the town.
Luton Town said in a statement:
This momentous decision comes two and a half years after the plans were submitted and following a rigorous period of scrutiny from the Council’s planning department.
We can now all look forward to a future in the state-of-the-art stadium at Power Court, a secure future will give us the best possible opportunity to compete at the highest level and a bright future for Luton, with the Club’s developments at the heart of the town’s regeneration.
As well as the obvious benefits to the Club, the developments will bring in the region of 10,000 jobs to Luton, and a much-needed boost to the local economy to the tune of £250m annually.
The initial capacity of the stadium, designed by AndArchitects, will be 17,500, rising to 23,000 as the club grows.
The stadium site will also feature new public spaces and facilities, including a 1,800-capacity live events venue, bars, restaurants, a hotel and 550 apartments.
The club revealed Power Court as the preferred location for its new stadium in December 2015 when artists’ impressions of the stadium were first revealed to the public.
In August 2016, 2020 Developments submitted the applications for Power Court and Newlands Park to the council which were validated shortly afterwards.
2020 Developmentshave already invested approximately £30m purchasing the land for the developments at Power Court and Newlands Park, demonstrating their absolute commitment to the Town, and the projects, which were the best supported in UK history with some 11,000 letters of support received by the local council for the two projects.