Luton Town FC boss Nathan Jones has urged the club’s fans to give their backing to the recently submitted plans for a new Stadium in the heart of the town.
He has asked fans to have their say on the double planning application submitted to Luton Borough Council by 2020 Developments.
Jones has written an open letter urging the council to pass plans for a new 17,500 Power Court Stadium, plus a related development at Newlands Park on the edge of the town.
The planning application for Power Court is for a new football stadium with ancillary stadium-related facilities, residential floor space, flexible educational, community and commercial uses, hotel accommodation, retail, food and drink, a food store, car and cycle parking and associated access, highways, utilities, public realm, landscaping, river works and associated ancillary works and structures.
The initial capacity of the stadium, designed by AndArchitects, will be 17,500, rising to 23,000 as the club grows.
The planning application for the site adjacent to Junction 10 to 10A M1 is for office floor space, retail floor space, food and beverage floor space, leisure floor space, a hotel, car and cycle parking and associated access, highways, utilities, public realm, landscaping, and associated ancillary works and structures.
To ensure the delivery of the Power Court scheme, given the significant costs involved, the delivery of the Newlands Park scheme will cross-subsidise the delivery of development at Power Court, 2020 Developments said in the planning application
Over 1,200 representations have already been received by the council, but with two weeks remaining for representations to be made, Jones said it is a vital time for fans to make their voices of support heard. He said:
What we’re looking to do is take this club forward, now we want to take it forward on the pitch, but to do that it’s essential that we keep pace off the pitch.
There’s a wonderful proposal going in to get a new stadium and a development that will not only take the football club forward but will take the whole area forward, Luton, Bedfordshire, everything.
Now I came here because I saw that ambition, I was at a club (Brighton) that had that ambition 12 years ago, wanted to do that and have taken their club into the next century with a fantastic new stadium, a fantastic infrastructure and that’s what we want to do.
Image courtesy AndArchitects