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Aston Villa granted permission to expand Villa Park

Aston Villa have been granted planning permission by Birmingham City Council for the redevelopment and expansion of Villa Park.

The project will see the stadium's capacity rise to 50,000 from its current limit of 42,000 with a brand new North Stand.

It would allow the ground to host major international tournaments, with Villa Park on the shortlist for the UK and Ireland's bid to host the 2028 European Championship.

There will also be enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand as well as a new club shop and academy building. The public space around the North Stand and along Witton Road will also be expanded.

"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," Villa CEO Christian Purslow said.

"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

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