Chairman of Northampton Town Football Club, David Cardoza has welcomed news that the local council has backed a proposal to support future planning applications made by the club, but remains cautious.
Explaining his reservations Dardoza said: “"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.
"It is a small but welcome step forward on a long road, and we hope it will mark an important change in the policy of the Council.”
The motion passed by the council recognises the ‘importance and value’ of Northampton Town Football Club to the sporting, cultural and economic wellbeing of the town and will see the council write to the Homes and Communities Agency, Northampton Saints and Northampton Town Football Club to inform them that it has no underlying objections to, and would support any planning applications (subject to the normal planning process).