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18 January 2019, 17:28 | Updated: 18 January 2019, 18:28
Luton Council have tonight agreed to defer the decision date looking into the Newlands Park development.
Statement tonight from Luton Council:
Following a request from the applicant and further representations, the date of the meeting to determine 2020 Developments’ planning application for Newlands Park will be deferred. We're looking for a suitable alternative date and will let you know as soon as this is confirmed.
Luton Town FC and their development partners, 2020 Developments say they're writing to Luton Council for a short delay in having their application for the Newlands Park part of their dual stadium and shopping centre development heard.
Luton Council approved the club's plans for the Power Court stadium development on Wednesday evening, but now requesting a short pause before the authority considers the development which will help fund it; the Newlands Park shopping complex.
READ THE CLUBS' STATEMENT
"Further to the successful determination of our Power Court planning application by Luton Borough Council on Wednesday evening, 2020 Developments and Luton Town Football Club wish to inform supporters and all other interested parties that we have today written to the Council to request a short deferral of the committee date for our Newlands Park planning application.
Currently scheduled for 30th January, we have taken the decision, after due consideration of our available resource in regards executive time and involvement of board members that our interests, both on and off the pitch, are best served by delaying the Newlands committee date in the short term.
We look to receive confirmation of a new date imminently from the Council once available diaries and resources at the Town Hall have been considered.
We also wish once again to place on record our appreciation for all the time and effort employed by everyone in Luton in dealing with our two applications thus far.
Wednesday was a momentous day in the history of both our club and the whole town. The unanimous support given by members of the planning committee for our plans confirms our longstanding belief that our vision for Power Court represents a once in a generation opportunity for the entire community to move forward.
We have also been very clear on the importance of Newlands Park and its own integral role within our plans, and we look forward to making this case to Council members in the very near future."