A series of three public exhibitions has been organised to outline more details about emerging proposals to create a new key employment site on the south-eastern edge of Luton at Century Park.
London Luton Airport Ltd, working in partnership with its shareholder Luton Borough Council, has previously announced it is to submit a planning application in the summer for 70 acres of commercial development east of airport, facilitated by a new 1.6-mile access road.
Plans for commercial development at Century Park have been discussed for more than 20 years but not delivered by the previous landowners due to the difficulty of providing access.
It is now proposed that the access road will run to Century Park from a new roundabout on the A1081, and around the western, northern and eastern perimeters of the airport.
The public is now being invited to have an input before the planning application is submitted. The public exhibitions will take place as follows:
> Wednesday, March 22, 5-9pm, Wigmore Primary School, Twyford Drive.
> Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm, at St George’s Square
> Wednesday, March 29, 5-9pm, at Ramridge Primary School, Turners Road North.
Century Park is part of the new London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone, supported by SEMLEP, which will deliver up to 7,200 new jobs and inward investment to support economic growth across the sub-region.
The application will also include investment in improved facilities in the northern section of Wigmore Valley Park, to include a new play area, refurbished Wigmore Pavilion and a new, larger area of replacement public open space.
Cllr Andy Malcolm, chair of LLAL, said: “Century Park is the latest exciting development in the continuing delivery of the Luton Investment Framework which will help attract much-needed new jobs and improve life opportunities for local people. Already we are well on track to bring investment exceeding £1.5bn into the borough over 20 years.
“These exhibitions have been organised so that we can share more details about the Century Park proposals. Officers from the project team will be on hand to receive any suggestions or questions that people may have before the planning application is submitted in the summer.”
For anyone unable to attend any of the public exhibitions, the proposals will also be on display at Hart House Business Centre, Kimpton Road, Luton on weekdays from 9am-4.30pm between Thursday, March 30 and Wednesday, May 10. This display is for viewing only and staff at the business centre will not be able to answer questions about the proposals.
All of the material shown at the exhibitions, and an opportunity to provide feedback until Wednesday 10 May, will also be available on the project website by visiting www.llal.org.uk/LLAL-NCP.html
Cllr Malcolm added: “LLAL is committed to improving the public open space available in the area to local residents, and to ensuring that there is the least possible disruption to airport operations, businesses and local residents as this key development is brought forward.
“I would like to thank those businesses and residents in the immediate area who have already begun providing their input into the proposals and welcome feedback from the wider community.”