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Hatters not ruling out J12 plans

Luton Town

Luton's new owners will not rule out a move to junction 12 of the M1, despite developers putting plans on hold.

Goodman International have withdrawn their proposals for a stadium and warehouse development, after a delay in widening the M1 between J10 and 13.

But Stephen Browne, from Luton 2020, told BBC Three Counties Radio that the junction 12 site was still possible.

"We will still include it in a feasibility study, along with several sites in Luton," he said.

"The plans have been withdrawn as opposed to dumped, and once we have carried out our study we will know all the facts and where the best place for the club will be."

There are more options than just one which is what we have always been led to believe

Luton 2020 official Stephen Browne

Browne said they would also look at redeveloping Kenilworth Road, but admitted that trying to improve their current landlocked ground was unlikely.

The club's previous owners had backed the plans at junction 12, despite opposition from local residents and from supporters who were angry that the club would be moving out of the town.

The 2020 consortium have never committed themselves to any one site, and Browne said they would also consider a site by junction 10, which was the subject of a failed planning bid by another previous chairman, David Kohler, in the 1990s.

"Luton has got plenty of green spaces, and that doesn't mean we can simply have any one of them," he said. "But there are more options than just one which is what we have always been led to believe.

"Once we have done our feasibility study people can see the pros and cons of various sites in and around Luton."


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