The Cobblers should find out by January 13 next year whether their plans to redevelop Sixfields Stadium will be given the go-ahead.
Documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council outline how the football club sees the plans for the stadium as “essential” for them to progress.
And they also contain a further artist’s impression of how the redeveloped East Stand may look. The documents also revealed the architects for the plans were St Albans-based RMCJ Design.
A reply from Guildhall planning officials states that the authority will “endeavour” to make a decision by January 13.
The plans would see the part-demolition of the East Stand, to provide a new seating terrace and increase the capacity from 7,653 to just over 10,000.
The entire roof structure would be removed to allow for the addition of the new seats.
There will also be a conference and banqueting hall to include a kitchen, service area and toilets; a gym for club and public use, and parking for 44 cars.
The report said: “It is essential for the club to remain competitive to increase its revenue from football matches, and from making full use of the existing facilities outside match days.
“The additional capacity for the stadium can be achieved within a building which does not involve the loss of important amenity open space and which, in design terms, compliment existing buildings within the stadium complex.
“The proposal provides an opportunity to regenerate an under-utilised and prominent brownfield site. It will rejuvenate the landmark building, by introducing suitable alternative uses that will bring a number of benefits.”
The scheme, which has been made possible by a £12 million loan from the borough council, will also include a hotel and a housing development. These plans will be submitted at a later date.