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Public invited to share thoughts on Franklin's Gardens development

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Members of the club's management and stadium design team will be in the Heroes Lounge at Franklin's Gardens between 5:30pm and 10pm on Thursday, July 5th, and then again between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, July 7th, to discuss the plans with interested local residents and businesses.

Detailed plans will also be on show, with attendees invited to share their thoughts on all aspects of the development. These comments will then be collated and issued to the Planning Authority as part of the planning application later in the autumn.

Although primarily aimed at residents and businesses from the St James area, the club is inviting all interested people from across Northampton to see for themselves how the proposed new North Stand will help maintain the Saints' position at the top of English and European rugby and be of benefit to the town as a whole.

This information will also be contained in a leaflet which will be shortly distributed by hand to businesses and residents in the area immediately surrounding Franklin's Gardens.

Saints vice-chairman Tony Hewitt, who is managing the development on behalf of the club, said that it was important for local residents to have their input into the proposed new North Stand.

"We have been a part of the St James community for well over a century and intend to stay here for many more years," he commented. "This is why we believe it is important to give local residents and members of the business community the opportunity not just to see the plans for themselves but to have the ability to contribute to the planning process and discuss their thoughts with the club's management and design team as well.

"The new North Stand is an integral part of our plans not just to keep top class English and European rugby in Northampton, but enable us to invest more into our award-winning community programme and Study Centre, which helps tens of thousands of people across both the town and county each year.

"We are excited to be in the position where we can move the planning process onto the next step, and look forward to discussing the plans with the local community in the first week of July."

Interested residents and businesses can also give their feedback online via the Stadium Development section of the club's website

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