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Town Centre “Master Plan”

During July 2004, people who live or work in Luton were consulted on proposals to revitalise the town centre. Views from the consultation will feed into a final Development Framework.

Local newspaper The Luton News reported: “The scale of projects set out in the council’s master plan is breathtaking, but council leader David Franks is convinced that the transformation of the heart of Luton can be achieved, with work possibly starting as early as next year.”

Key Proposals

– Improve the appearance of the ringroad, with tree planting, artworks, and new and improved signage.

– Re-connect residential communities to the west and south of the ringroad with the town centre by providing new, surface level crossings that are safe and convenient.

– Enhance Luton’s central retail district through improvements to the Arndale Centre at St George’s Square, and broadening the mix of shops and other outlets along George Street.

– Promote the development of a “Hat Factory District” with a vibrant mix of shops, new homes, cafes and bars, including radically improved links to the Station area.

– Enhance the Station area and create an impressive and welcoming gateway to the town centre.

– Ensure that Power Court is linked in with the rest of the town centre to provide new retail, residential and commercial development opportunities.

– Create a new public walkway along the River Lea within Power Court, featuring a series of water inspired features along its route.