Plans to develop Northampton's Sixfields Stadium backed

Northampton Town FC's new east stand
Image caption Capacity at Sixfields would increase to 10,000 people

Plans to redevelop the East Stand at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium are being recommended for approval.

The scheme, which includes a directors' box and 10 corporate boxes, goes before Northampton Borough Council's planning committee on Tuesday.

If approved, capacity at the ground would increase, from 7,653 to 10,000.

Plans for the development, which would be part funded by a £12m loan from the borough council, also include a gym and conference suite.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of the council, 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."

The club also wants to improve its West Stand, with a new shop, bar and family areas.

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