£100m Villa Park redevelopment gets the green light

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Planning has been approved for Aston Villa’s £100m expansion and redevelopment of Villa Park.

Birmingham City Council gave the green light for plans which will increase the stadium capacity to more than 50,000 and create a world-class sporting venue which can host international tournaments.

The decision comes just a month after Villa Park was shortlisted by the UK and Ireland bid to host the UEFA EURO 2028 Championship.

The first phase of the £100m redevelopment at Villa Park will include a brand-new North Stand, enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand and the creation of Villa Live, a new, 6,500 sq m multi-purpose commercial destination to replace the existing shop, academy building and security lodge.

More than 7,000 sq m of new public realm surrounding the stadium’s Witton Lane entrance will also be created.

A wider masterplan is also being developed for Aston in collaboration with Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, to ensure the club has a community impact beyond the stadium. Aston Villa are working with these partners to improve the transport system around the B6 area.

Aston Villa says once the project is complete, the redevelopment of Villa Park will contribute an estimated £119.9m to the West Midlands economy each year, creating hundreds of jobs during and post-construction, and attracting 1.65m visitors to the local area annually.

Aston Villa CEO, Christian Purslow, said: “This is great news firstly for our fans – many of whom are on a waiting list for season tickets; secondly for the Club itself – as our long-term competitive strategy depends on continued growth; and finally for our city and region – with the prospect of a redeveloped Villa Park driving economic regeneration in our local community and bringing back international football to Birmingham.”