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Luton Town FC pressing on with stadium plans

Luton Town Football Club can press ahead with development of its new stadium after a Judicial Review against part of the scheme was dismissed.

A claim was submitted to the High Court for a Judicial Review upon Luton Council’s decision to grant planning permission for Newlands Park.

Luton Town says it needs to build Newlands Park, a shopping and leisure facility, at junction 10 of the M1 to finance the new stadium.

But Capital and Regional, which owns the Mall shopping centre in Luton, claimed the Newlands development was “unlawful”.

That claim was dismissed and no appeal against the decision was made to the High Court before the deadline.

The club said in a statement:

We are delighted to hear the fantastic news from Luton Council that the High Court has confirmed that no appeal has been made within the deadline against the pre-Christmas decision to dismiss C&R’s call for a Judicial Review on the Newlands Park planning approval.

Along with our colleagues at the Council, we always believed that their decision last March to grant permission for the mixed-use development at Junction 10 was fair and not open to challenge. The Judge agreed on December 19th and finally C&R have given up on contesting the decision further.

This means we are finally able to move forward in refreshing the four-year-old plans to enable us build a new stadium for the football club, and play our part in helping to regenerate our town with two developments that will bring thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment.

The initial capacity of the Powercourt stadium, designed by AndArchitects, is set to 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.