A decision on whether Luton Town can build a new stadium will be made this month, more than two years after the planning application was submitted.
Plans for the Power Court stadium in the town centre, lodged with the council in August 2016, will be considered on 16 January.
A decision on the club’s development at Newlands Park, which will fund the project, will be made on 30 January.
Luton Borough Council said it had had to ensure it was a “robust” process.
Deputy leader, Labour’s Sian Timoney apologised for the delay and said there had been “so many different aspects that have slowed it down”.
“We appreciate this has a been frustrating period for fans, but there has been a lot of information submitted from a range of parties and our priority has always been about ensuring a robust and thorough process is followed,” she said.
The football club, which has played at Kenilworth Road for more than 100 years, wants to build a stadium with up to 23,000 seats, bars, restaurants, a 1,800-capacity live venue, hotel and car park and 550 apartments on the Power Court site.
Stadium for Bath crunch time in 2019
Stadium for Bath launched the final round of consultation on its vision to deliver a new sport, leisure and community-focused destination with a public exhibition in December. The Stadium for Bath project aims to build an 18,000-capacity venue including riverside regeneration, community use and a car park under a raised pitch.
Three sides would come together under a horse-shoe shaped, cantilever roof tapering downwards to reduce the visual impact from the outside, while providing clear views of the pitch and enhancing the atmosphere on the inside.