Date: 3rd May 2019 at 8:00am
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Aston Villa have recently submitted a planning application for additional work at our Bodymoor Heath training ground, but it’s only partly based on the disruption that will be caused by the eventual HS2 project which tears through our land.

I believe compensation has already been agreed, but maybe not yet paid, but in any event our new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens appear ready to put their hands in their pockets yet again to ensure that we continue growing off the pitch as well as on it following the appointment of head coach Dean Smith.

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The Birmingham Mail reported yesterday that the main aim behind our planning application was to deal with an overcrowding of our gym facilities and a requirement to meet the ‘ever-growing needs’ of our squads, both senior and Academy, and if we get permission, there will also be a boost for our sports science side of life.

Notwithstanding HS2 issues, I can only welcome this as another indication of how serious our new owners are as this won’t be cheap, it has few PR elements to it in comparison to dipping into their pockets for free travel for example and the benefits will be significantly long term, so it’s part of an overall plan without short term gain.

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