The UK’s Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed in writing that plans for the mixed-use development at Luton Town FC’s Newlands Park will not be called in.
Sian Timoney, deputy leader of Luton Borough Council, shared the news on social media after receiving written confirmation from the secretary of state that the planning application would not be called in.
The new development is to include offices, shops, leisure facilities, restaurants, bars and a 300-bed hotel. It will help finance a new 17,500-seat all-seater stadium at Power Court, in the center of Luton.
“This is wonderful news – a giant leap forward for Luton,” said CEO Gary Sweet. “This is not only a testament to the detail and manner with which Luton Council has painstakingly assessed this application, but proof that both Newlands Park and Power Court are absolutely the right plans for Luton at the right time.
“While we’re not quite over the line yet, we’re thrilled that the Secretary of State has backed us and the Council with this decision. There is still a lot of work to be done and we know it’s something we’ve asked for in abundance already, but patience is still needed. We thank everyone for the fantastic support we have received so far.”