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.
Former Arsenal and Leicester City player
Luton Town Applications: Power Court 16/01400 & Newlands Park 16/01401
I am a resident of St Albans but would very much like to express my full support for the excellent and really exciting developments proposed by Luton Town and recently submitted to Luton Borough Council.
I have many friends who live and work in Luton and I know just how excited they are at the prospect of these new facilities coming on stream and becoming a reality after so many false dawns in the past.
My work as a football journalist and broadcaster takes me to most grounds across the country and I still enjoy visiting Kenilworth Road. It hasnt changed that much since I played there in the 1980s and 1990s and that says a lot. Most stadiums have evolved, moving with the times to provide better and more modern facilities for its supporters, but Luton have been denied that opportunity to improve by the restrictive nature of its location and some poor management in the past.
I have seen at first-hand, at the clubs I played for, Leicester City and Arsenal, the effect a new stadium can have, especially when it isnt relocated to the outskirts, miles away from all the other amenities. It can create a real sense of pride and obviously attract new supporters, those who wouldnt dream of setting foot in the old stadium with its poor seating and posts in the way of the goals.
That sense of pride can be extended to the city itself the local community can use the new facilities during the week and local businesses can feed off the back of the increased numbers coming to use the stadium.
Football has an enormous role to play in modern day society boys and girls still aspire to play football and emulate the stars they see on the TV each week and clubs do some really great work for good in harnessing these aspirations. Players visit schools and do much unheralded work as role models clubs now recognise their place at the centre of their community. That is why I really love the Luton plans placing the club close to its supporters and to people who might not even like football, but who can use the great facilities a new stadium will inevitably provide.
The mixed development at Newlands Park just looks fantastic. The prospect of so many jobs being created is so important in difficult financial times and the plans for a mix of retail, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities will surely ensure that it will be a great success and provide a much needed destination for the people of the borough and beyond. This is a venue I can see my family using frequently instead of visiting Watford or London.
I am sure these applications if approved will do so much to breathe new life into Luton Town FC and the town of Luton as a whole.