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Plans to expand Northampton Town FC stadium close to being agreed

Plans to expand Northampton Town FC stadium close to being agreed
Northampton Town FC is edging closer to agreeing a redevelopment of their Sixfields stadium following years of wrangling, according to reports by the Northampton Chronicle.

The League Two side is looking to redevelop its stadium which it has been a resident at since 1994 after moving from their previous County Ground home, and could be a step closer with plans set to be signed off within the next two weeks. The club has been in talks with Northampton Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the organisation which owns the land around Sixfields for a redevelopment programme and now it seems like a resolution could be met soon.

Central government ministers recently highlighted the Waterside Enterprise Zone, a stretch of land between Sixfields and Bedford Road, as being an ideal area for business growth and the stadium will be at the focal point of these plans. Companies will be encouraged to take up premises in the area through reduced business rates as well as relaxed planning regulation and, if successful, could see a sports complex being built near to the A45.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, told the newspaper: "We've been working closely with the club and the HCA over many months to bring forward plans for the redevelopment of Sixfields, which would enable the football club to develop their stadium and provide office space for companies to invest in the area, bringing jobs to the town."

Northampton Town have had a disappointing campaign, finishing 20th in League Two and only four points off relegation to the Conference, but are looking to follow in the footsteps of their rugby counterparts Northampton Saints, which recently had plans approved to increase the capacity of their Franklin's Gardens stadium from 13,500 to 15,500.

It is hoped that the development of hotels, offices and shops around the football team's ground will be signed off by the council's solicitors within the next two weeks so that work can begin in due course.

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Date: 07/06/2012 16:48:06

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