Plans to enhance the facilities at the County Ground have been approved by Northampton Borough Council.
Earlier this month Northamptonshire County Cricket Club submitted plans to replace 1,200 temporary seats with a new 900 seat permanent stand.
Last year Northants Cricket enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent years, competing in all three formats of the sport. 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.
The new permanent grandstand will be situated to the right-hand side of the indoor cricket school, as viewed from the cricket pitch, and has been designed to be more sympathetic to the area and neighbouring properties.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Last year the Steelbacks put Northampton firmly on the sporting map as they completed an excellent season and won the prestigious T20 trophy. 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.”
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) please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/planning