Is this the new North Stand ?
Well from the News of the World (click on Photo Link) they are showing the proposed Stadiums for the World Cup 2018 bid and as you can see from the picture above the North Stand is much different.
The corner between Trinity and North has been done with a wrap around
The different roof structure
Where the North meets the Witton Lane you can see what I call traditional Villa Park brickwork. Also it appear that there are no seats in that corner. This confirms what the General said a week or so back with regards to the stand not wrapping around at both sides.
All the pictures in the NOTW article are of the future stadiums there is no reason to suspect this is NOT the new North stand design at this stage. This picture is likely to have been in the WC 2018 hence why the NOTW have got it and likely why Randy admitted this week that the plans would happen soon, he knew it would leak out.
Looks very good to me.