Luton Town fans are rejoicing after a four-year legal battle to stop the go-ahead of the stadium and associated retail and leisure development, was finally brought to an end. The legal battle was not centered around the building of the new 17,500 stadium (which could be expanded to 23,000) at the Power Court site which is around one mile away from Kenilworth Road, but the associated retail and leisure development near Junction 10 of the M1.
The Club purchased land some years ago near Junction 10 of the M1, with the view to building a new stadium there. Those plans didn't come to fruition and later on down the line an alternative scheme to build a new retail and leisure facility, to be called Newlands, on the land near the motorway was proposed, with the income generated from that being used to fund a new stadium at the Power Court site in Luton.
The Proposed New Stadium
The owners of a shopping centre in the centre of Luton raised objections to the Newlands scheme citing that it could be detrimental to footfall and business in Luton Town Centre. The shopping centre owners hoped to overturn the planning permission granted by Luton Borough Council, but have now decided not to contest the decision any further, paving the way for the new stadium to go ahead.
The Power Court location is popular with supporters as it remains within Luton and is around one mile away from Kenilworth Road (not far from the railway station). The new stadium has an interesting design as shown above (courtesy of the Luton Town Developments website, where more information and images can be found).