Northampton Town Football Club has given a "cautious welcome" to the latest council motion passed towards the development of their stadium.

The Cobblers have seen plans to improve Sixfields stadium consistently turned down by a succession of different councils over the last eight years.

However the club is hopeful the latest statement by Northampton Borough Council could open the door to future development.

Conservative group leader councillor David Palethorpe proposed a motion to the Council that recognised the importance of the stadium to the sporting, cultural and economic wellbeing of the town.

He also suggested the council would support any planning applications (subject to the normal planning process), that will help to ensure the continued development of the clubs.

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza said: "We have been looking to proceed with our re-development for a number of years so we give a cautious welcome to the news.

"Our welcome is only cautious, because we have been here and seen this before. However this motion does give us renewed hope and optimism that the Borough Council can see sense and that we can work in partnership to fulfil our ambitions on behalf of the club, the community and the town.

"What we need now is action and co-operation as well as supportive words, but we look forward to working with the Borough Council and our re-development partners to see what can be achieved."

Posted on 08/12/2010