A deal to allow Northampton Town to redevelop land around their Sixfields Stadium has been agreed.

The agreement will see Northampton Borough Council, the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the football club, bring forward plans for the redevelopment of the land which surrounds the Sixfields Stadium, where the Cobblers have been based since October 1994.

Speaking during a meeting at Northampton's Guildhall, Counciller Tim Hadland, who is the cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is a real step forward for the town and for the football club.”

Councillor Terry Wire, who is the leader of the opposition also gave his support, saying: “It will be good to see a revamped Cobblers stadium, as well as the surrounding area.”

However, the leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group, Councillor Sally Beardsworth, voiced her concerns over the move.

“I’m worried that if we carry on with out-of-town retail developments, we’re going to destroy the town centre. A hotel is a good idea, I’ve no problem with that, it’s the retail I think we need to be very careful about.”

It is thought the regeneration of the land that surrounds the stadium could include offices, a hotel and shops. Club chairman David Cardoza expects a full planning application to be submitted next year.

Posted on 11/07/2012