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27 November 2013, 09:18
Plans to develop Sixfields Stadium have been approved by Northampton Borough Council planners.
Plans to redevelop Northampton's Sixfields Stadium have been approved.
"This is a momentous day for the club and our supporters," said chairman of Northampton Town Football Club, David Cardoza.
The site can now increase capacity to 10,000 and build a new conference suite with banqueting hall, gymnasium, office space and kiosks.
The Cobblers chairman added: "I will be honest, there were times when I never thought we would get here and without the fantastic support of David Mackintosh and Northampton Borough Council in the last couple of years we wouldn't have, but now the club can look forward to a very bright future.
"Now we have this approval we can really start pushing things on.
"Sixfields will soon look very different and we will share our plans with supporters in more depth over the next few weeks.
"We can all be very excited about the future and so can our supporters. This is fantastic news."
The expansion of the stadium marks the first stage of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the area which will support growth in the Enterprise Zone and bring forward more revenue streams for the football club.
The redevelopment of Sixfields Stadium and the surrounding area is part of a £12m loan deal put together by Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Town Football Club.
Council leader, David Mackintosh said: "This planning application represents an important step in the expansion of Sixfields Stadium.
"Our sports clubs are an important part of life in our town and a significant benefit to the local economy. We as an administration have always recognised how important they are and we remain absolutely committed to supporting them."