English Championship football club Luton Town is free to press ahead with plans for a new stadium after being informed by the local council that no fresh appeal has been made against the project.

The news comes after Capital and Regional, owner of Luton shopping centre The Mall, had called for a judicial review into the project, which centres on a new 17,500-seat stadium for the club.

The decision was taken to dismiss C&R’s call and no appeal has been made against this, with Luton stating that C&R has “given up on contesting the decision further”.

Last March, Luton Borough Council’s development control committee ruled that plans for the Newlands Park project should be approved after the club was granted permission to build a new stadium on the Power Court site in the previous January.

Luton said in a statement yesterday (Monday): “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.

“Like the council, we will now be taking action to pursue the legal costs incurred – while looking forward to many more memorable occasions in our final seasons at Kenilworth Road before moving to our new home at Power Court.”

The club has played at the 10,300-seat Kenilworth Road stadium since 1905.

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