Aston Villa Football Club has been granted planning approval from Birmingham City Council for phase one of the redevelopment and expansion of Villa Park – to create a world-class sporting venue and a thriving community hub. In collaboration with Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, phase one of the redevelopment project will increase Villa Park’s capacity to over 50,000 and modernise the stadium to create a world-class sporting venue that can host major international tournaments.
The area’s regeneration will begin with a £100m investment in the first phase of improvements to Villa Park. Once operational, the project 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. Enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand will include a brand-new North Stand, where the Witton Lane entrance will be redeveloped to create over 7,000 m2 of new public realm and public space to improve accessibility, biodiversity, safety, and the overall experience for fans, visitors, and the local community.
A vital component of the redevelopment plan is substantially improving the transport system around Aston. West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Rail Executive have recently commissioned a feasibility design study to establish the upgrades required and ensure Witton Station meets the future demands of the community and increased visitation to Villa Park, Aston Hall and Aston Park.