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Growth agency names new chief executive


John Newton (pictured) will play a key role in the building of 26,000 homes and the creation of 19,000 new jobs by 2021 as part of the Milton Keynes South Midlands sub-region expansion.
The Luton Gateway aims to bring together the local authorities, private enterprise, the third sector and other public agencies to deliver housing and economic growth which will bring major benefits to the local and regional economy. 
Mr Newton who lives in Leighton Buzzard, has a wealth of experience in the field of mixed-use development and the complex master planning of new towns and cities. He has worked with major companies and developers in the UK and USA. such as Marks & Spencer, Lend Lease and the Quinlan Private Golub Group.  
He said: “Living locally I am very aware of the potential of Luton and Central Bedfordshire, southern area with its great location, strategic links and potential new development sites. I will play my part in ensuring that the Luton Gateway and its partners make a positive contribution to both the local and UK economy while fully embracing the principles of sustainable communities.
The key objectives for Luton Gateway will be to:
  • Assist and co-ordinate and lead the preparation of a regeneration, growth and development programme for the Luton Gateway area in the form of an Integrated Development Programme for the area leading to a step change in the delivery of high quality homes and regeneration in the urban conurbation over the next 15 years;


  • Develop and implement a robust inward investment strategy, working with private sector partners and public agencies to raise the profile of the area and ensure investment;


  •  Identify and secure public and private sector funding essential for key infrastructure through effective advocacy based on a track record of delivery;


  •  Mobilise the business and development industry to make an effective contribution to the delivery of the growth agenda;


  •  Be a catalyst for resolving blockages that hinder the growth and regeneration of the area.
Luton Gateway is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government and chaired by David Marlow, the chief executive of the East of England Development Agency until last year. Its board includes representatives from Luton and Central Bedfordshire Councils, University of Bedfordshire, EEDA, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Local Strategic Partnerships.