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Luton Town clears final legal hurdle to stadium plans


Championship football club Luton Town has cleared the final legal hurdle standing in its way to begin work on a new 17,500-seater stadium. The High Court confirmed that no appeal


has been made within the deadline against the pre-Christmas decision to dismiss a call for a Judicial Review on the planning approval the club secured for its Newlands Park project. Capital & Regional - the owner of The Mall Luton in the centre of the town - had originally asked for a judicial review on the decision to back the Newlands Park development. It did not, however, pursue the claim within the 6 January deadline.


Newlands Park is a mixed-use development to be located at Junction 10 of the M1. The project has been designed to fund the stadium project and will include leisure facilities, offices, retail units, restaurants and a 300-bedroom hotel. Luton Town FC has already been granted planning permission for the stadium - located in the town's Power Court district - by Luton Borough Council.


"This decision means we are finally able


to move forward in refreshing the four-year- old plans to enable us build a new stadium for the football club, and play our part in helping to regenerate our town with two developments that will bring thousands of


jobs and millions of pounds of investment," the club said in a statement. This is a ground-breaking day - securing


victory in by far and away the biggest battle we've faced throughout the 11 years of 2020's custodianship. We would


like to thank all of our


supporters for their patience and constant support throughout the whole process. That goes especially to those groups who have been actively supporting our developments throughout this long road, including Luton Town Supporters'


Trust, Loyal Luton


Supporters' Club, Save Our Town and others whose unwavering backing and faith has helped produce the best result possible.


Forest Green Rovers granted outline consent for new stadium


English Football League side, Forest Green Rovers (FGR) has finally been given the green light on its new sustainable stadium after being granted outline planning permission. After submitting revised plans to Stroud District Council, having seen the first attempt rejected back in June, the council's planning committee voted in favour of the designs, with six in favour and four against. It will be the world's first football stadium made almost entirely out of wood. Ecopark Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will be a 5,000 capacity state-of-the-art wooden stadium, along with landscaped parking and two pitches, one of which will be a 4G playing surface, with access for the local community. The scheme is part of a £100m Eco Park development, close to the M5 in Gloucestershire, masterminded by the EFL Sky Bet League Two side's chairman Dale Vince, who owns the green


electricity company Ecotricity. The plans will see the club, which was founded in 1889 and has been described by FIFA as "the world's greenest football club", leave its home at The New Lawn, in Nailsworth near Stroud. On hearing the decision, chairman Dale Vince said that the "right decision" had been made and that "the best case for seeing the stadium come to fruition would be at least three years". Designed by world renowned architects Zaha Hadid and made almost entirely out of wood, FGR's new stadium will be the first of its kind in the world. With a capacity of 5,000, Eco Park, will be sited in parkland where some five hundred trees and 1.8km of new hedgerows would be planted. The new stadium will also include a car park with 1,700 spaces and two grass training pitches.


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