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Luton Town centre design guide supplementary planning document (SPD)

Consultation opens: Friday 17 February 2023

Consultation closes: 5pm on Friday 31 March 2023

What is the Luton Town centre design guide SPD?

The town centre design guide SPD provides practical direction in the design of residential development and related uses within Luton Town centre, providing design guidance to supplement policies within the adopted Luton local plan.

During the preparation of the Town Centre Masterplan, stakeholders consistently emphasised the need to set a higher bar for development in the town centre. This SPD clearly outlines what is expected of every development in the town centre, providing a clear sense of Luton’s priorities for the built environment, with the aim being to deliver quality homes in the town centre, set within a safe and attractive public realm, offering ample outdoor amenities for residents to make it a great place to live and be proud of.

The SPD covers four key areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Block Guidelines
  • Building Guidelines
  • Amenities

Once adopted, the SPD will be a material planning consideration for all relevant planning applications within Luton Town Centre and the surrounding area.

How can I comment on this SPD?

The consultation opens on Friday 17 February and will close at 5pm on Friday 31 March 2023.

Representations should be made through the planning policy team’s consultation portal

Representations can also be made via email to [email protected], or by post to the following address:

Planning Policy Team
Sustainable Development
Town Hall
George Street

Copies of the SPD and consultation statement will be available to view at the Town Hall, and at our libraries.

Next steps

Once consultation closes, the council will consider representations received and the SPD will be updated with any required changes. A recommendation to formally adopt the SPD will then be brought to the council’s overview and scrutiny board and executive (dates to be confirmed).

Planning policy and local plan

The planning policy team undertake consultations on an ad hoc basis, for example in reviewing the Local Plan, or seeking feedback on new Article 4 Directions and Supplementary Planning Documents. If you wish to be consulted on planning policy matters, please register on the councils consultation page (look for the key icon at the top of the page).

If you wish to take part in other council consultations, please see Luton council’s mainconsultation page “ Luton Let’s Talk".


Contact info
Planning Policy
Luton CouncilTown HallGeorge StreetLuton, BedfordshireLU1 2BQ

[email protected]


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