13 March 2019
Luton – PBA, now part of Stantec, has helped 2020 Developments, acting on behalf of Luton Town Football Club, secure planning consent for the ambitious Newlands Park scheme.
The development which will include offices, leisure and retail space, and a 350-bed hotel, is essential to realising the previously approved proposals for Luton town centre. Newlands Park will create an iconic gateway to Luton, raising the profile of the town, bringing in new business, complementing the town centre and creating over 4,000 new jobs.
The 40-acre site at junction 10 of the M1 was one of the most visible and prominent development sites in the UK when it was acquired by 2020 Developments in 2015. Since then, they have continued to invest in the land to secure the Newlands Park scheme and the new Luton Town stadium at Power Court. The projects have been met with great local support receiving around 11,000 letters of endorsement through the planning process.
Commenting on the Planning Committee approval, Elliot Page, Director of Transport, said:
“This is fantastic news for the Club and the town of Luton. These proposals are central to ensuring that the planning and commercial strategy can be realised for both sites. The granting of consent represents the culmination of many years of work from Luton 2020 and PBA and we are very pleased to be involved these projects that are so transformative for the town and the community.”
The planning consent for Newlands Park follows the announcement that PBA helped Luton Town Football Club gain permission for a new 23,000 capacity stadium as part of the redevelopment of the Power Court site to the South of Luton’s town centre.