Northampton Saints North Stand plans approved

An artist's impression of Northampton Saints' new stand Image copyright Northampton Saints
Image caption Northampton Saints hopes to build the new North Stand in the summer of 2015

Plans have been approved for a new stand at Northampton Saints rugby club's ground.

The new North Stand at Franklin's Gardens will increase capacity from 13,591 to 15,500 and will include a bar and hospitality suite.

Northampton Borough Council said it had loaned the club £5.5m to build the the 2,100 seat stand in the summer of 2015.

Saints chairman Tony Hewitt said the new stand was "vital" for the long-term growth of the club.

The Aviva Premiership club said half its games this season had been sold out.

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