Go-ahead for new stand at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

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Plans for a new 900-seat permanent stand at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club’s County Ground have been approved.

Earlier this month, the club submitted plans to replace 1,200 temporary seats with a new 900 seat permanent stand. These plans have now been approved by Northampton Borough Council.

The new permanent grandstand will be situated to the right-hand side of the indoor cricket school and has been designed to be more sympathetic to the area and neighbouring properties.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “This expansion will help the club grow and supports their ambitions to provide first class facilities and host matches in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.”

Last year Northants Cricket enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent years.

The club finished an impressive season that saw the Steelbacks win the Friends Life T20 and earn promotion to the top division of the LV= County Championship.

Northants Cricket chief executive David Smith said: “Northants Cricket would like to place on record their sincere thanks for the ongoing support we have received from the council. The new stand will help the club continue to improve its facilities for all cricket supporters in the town to enjoy.”

For more details on the plans (Ref N/2013/1262) visit www.northampton.gov.uk/planning