Letters of support have been sent to the council from far and wide, including many noteable figures, players past and present, board members and journalists among others. You can read some of the letters received below. We've removed personal details from these letters, but if you're writing to the council, don't forget to include your name, address and the application numbers. Click here for guidelines.
Chairman, The National League
Ref: Luton Town 2020 Developments Planning Applications 16/01401 and 16/01400
I write in my capacity as Chairman of The National League (formerly The Football Conference) and member of the Football Association Council. I am writing to give the full support to both of the planning applications made by Luton Town FC and their development company as detailed above on behalf of The National League.
As you may be aware Luton Town were members of the Football Conference (the National League as it is now) for five seasons between 2009 and 2014 and we soon came to realise what a progressive and community based club they were. It was our pleasure to have them as members and Gary Sweet served on the Board of the Football Conference as director during that time contributing enormously in support of the administration of the 68-club competition. They were good community citizens.
In both my previous role as Chief Executive of The Football Association and my current role with the National League I have witnessed on many occasions the power for good that can be positively harnessed by a football club within their own community especially when they are able to upgrade their facilities and, more importantly, when those facilities remain at the heart of that community. I genuinely believe that if Luton Towns planning applications are granted there would be a tremendous upsurge of support for the club, whose depth of support has been so faithful, and a much raised profile for the good town of Luton.
Indeed, we believe that Luton Towns pioneering approach to community engagement could become a new standard for others to follow through its new location, nestled in the heart of the town and community and so many public transport connections on its doorstep. We understand that the development at Newlands Park will be needed to succeed to fund the Clubs aspirations at Power Court. However, upon a thorough review of these plans it does appear that the scheme in its own right is nothing short of impressive and with it supplying so much to the local economy (a staggering £200m+ per annum) it is palpable to see how these models can only serve the town and region well.
The National League would like to offer its support for this exciting opportunity of the pair of developments both for the town of Luton and Luton Town. We wish you and the club well in your aspirations.
The National League