The countdown has begun on one of the biggest weeks in Luton’s history – and your town needs you.
Homegrown boxing hero Linus Udofia is leading our call to action with a clear message that Luton needs the jobs, opportunities, and prosperity that Power Court and Newlands Park will deliver for our town.
This Wednesday (January 16), we will get a decision on Power Court when Luton Borough Council’s Development Control Committee, comprised of elected councillors, make their decision. A decision on Newlands Park will follow on January 30.
Already, we have been boosted by the news that a planning officer’s report is recommending Power Court for approval. But we should not get complacent. There has never been a more important time to get behind your town and demand the progress we all want and deserve.
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Last year, undefeated middleweight boxing prospect Linus told us of his dream of a world title fight in the proposed 17,500-seat stadium Luton Town Football Club‘s new stadium at Power Court – but this week’s decision is about so much more than football or boxing.
Power Court, in the centre of Luton, will be transformed into a pleasant and attractive environment, delivering new and exciting facilities to enhance people’s lives, every day and evening of the year.
It will include:
- A 21st century, 17,500-seater football stadium for Luton Town Football Club
- An 1,800-capacity live music venue (the biggest in Beds, Herts and Bucks)
- New and enhanced public piazza meeting space with the River Lea (currently hidden underground) brought to the fore, providing an embankment from which the public can enjoy a view over Luton’s only Grade 1 listed building – St Mary’s Church
- Bars and restaurants
- A small niche cinema
- A medium sized hotel and banqueting venue
- Creche / play area
- Lifestyle retail units
- 100 car parking spaces
- Beneficial public transport links in close proximity
While Power Court is just half the story – because there will be another critical decision made by the council on January 30, regarding Newlands Park – both developments together will transform Luton town centre and act as a catalyst for further regeneration. They will kick-start a bright new future for our town, so we need both to be approved.
But first we look to Wednesday’s decision date. With limited capacity at Town Hall, we’d advise you to watch the meeting on the council’s Facebook live stream. We’ll be there to keep you updated too.
In the meantime, you can also find some very useful Frequently Asked Questions about Wednesday’s meeting and the planning process on the council’s website.