Newlands Park shops set to get go-ahead

28 February 2019, 17:15 | Updated: 28 February 2019, 17:33

Newlands Park Artists' Impression

Luton Town FC's VISION for it's new stadium at Power Court is a step closer.

It's after Luton Borough Councillors have been recommended to grant planning permission to the stadium's developers for the Newlands Park Shopping Centre (developer's impression pictured).

The overall idea for the two development plan - is that the creation of the new shopping complex, on land just off the M1 at junction 10, would then help finance the Power Court stadium development.

The councillors will be told they should grant planning permission subject to (for instance):-

  • Retail Restrictions: (a list of approved shops, an exclusion list and to have an anchor store)
  • The delivery of the Power Court Stadium AT LEAST up to and including podium level
  • Safeguarding land for a park and ride facility and then when it is built
  • Regulating car parking charges at Newlands Park  


  • The summary reasons for granting planning permission are that it'ss considered along with the S106 retail restrictions proposed (section 106), the development is unlikely to have significant adverse impact upon the vitality and viability of Luton, St Albans and Harpenden town centres. 
  • It is considered the benefits of the proposal outweigh the non-compliance with the development plan and the less than substantial harm to heritage assets

Councillors will meet to make the final decision on the 11th of March.