Further to the update provided by Luton Town Football Club earlier this month, with two new images of the developments at Power Court and Newlands Park, the EFL Sky Bet Championship club has now shared the image above of its planned new stadium lit up on a match night.
The sight of the club's new home, from Leslie Jones Architecture, is something fans will be looking forward to with eager anticipation ahead of the proposed move-in date of 2024.
2020 Developments Chief Operations Officer, Mike Moran, was on BBC Three Counties Radio discussing the latest plans to be submitted to Luton Council, which went public on February 17, 2021. You can listen to what Mike had to say by clicking HERE and scrolling to 1:51:00 - with Save Our Town's Nigel Green talking to Andy Collins afterwards.
Luton Town and 2020 Developments have provided the following update on the latest plans and timescales for construction of Power Court and Newlands Park:
Both sites are owned 100% freehold by 2020 Developments (Luton) Ltd having been acquired in various stages between 2015 and 2018. Outline planning consent received for both sites during 2019.
Structural changes in the way the UK consumer shops, works and plays has required a revision to scheme plans originally conceived in 2015/2016 prior to submission of original planning applications. The Coronavirus pandemic has generally served to accelerate these structural changes. Our challenge has been to ensure our vision for both sites remains viable and deliverable.
Several changes were already being considered by the development team ahead of any impact from Covid-19. This is standard for any development between early stages of the process.
The English Football League side's core objective remains to deliver a truly great new stadium and home for Luton Town FC. The intended capacity remains set at 23,000 (with potentially an initial cap at 17,500 for transport assessment reasons) and a target opening date in 2024.
By taking control of its own future the club can ensure the new stadium is not burdened by external debt. Just as importantly we can help to shape a vision that is transformative for our local community and delivers real and tangible benefits for the people of Luton.
In late 2020, the club signed a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) with Luton Borough Council in respect of revised planning applications for both Power Court and Newlands Park. The aim of the PPA is to meet all statutory requirements in a timely manner with a target date for determination of April/May 2021.
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