Northampton Saints have submitted plans for a £5.5m redevelopment of Franklin's Gardens to Northampton Borough Council.

The Premiership rugby club's plans have already received initial backing from the council.

The redevelopment includes replacing the pavilion at one end of the ground with a 2,000-seater stand, which will increase the venue's capacity to nearly 16,000.

Council leader David Mackintosh said: "If approved, the larger stadium would see more rugby fans brought into our town. 

"This can only be good for our local economy and give more Saints supporters the chance to cheer on the players in black, green and gold."

Posted on 05/11/2013