No assessment needed to build Celtic Manor conference centre

South Wales Argus: PLANNING: An Environmental Impact Assessment will not be needed for the planned Wales International Conference Centre at the Celtic Manor, Newport PLANNING: An Environmental Impact Assessment will not be needed for the planned Wales International Conference Centre at the Celtic Manor, Newport

AN ENVIRONMENTAL Impact Assessment will not be needed as part of the planning application for the Wales International Conference Centre at the Celtic Manor, Newport City council have decided.

Lewis and Lewis Ltd, who project managed the original construction of the hotel, requested a screening opinion ahead of submitting an outline planning application, to provide the largest convention facility of its kind in Wales or the south west of England.

The WICC development includes the construction of an on-site multi-storey car park and new motorway bridge.

The council reached their decision after consulting with Natural Resources Wales and highways, woodlands and environmental health representatives.

In the documentation supplied to the council, it is stated the outline application will comprise a single conference block circa 110,000 sq ft split over three operational levels above underground parking, a separate multi-storey car park which will provide additional spaces and a new motorway access bridge.

It states: “This development ... will ensure a continued world profile for Newport and Wales.”

In November, Edwina Hart announced the Welsh Government would provide match funding for the initial stage of the WICC project.

The centre will be accessed off the existing hotel road infrastructure. The council did not consider additional traffic to have a “significant adverse impact” on the local highway network.

The council found the increase in traffic likely to be caused to be far less than a new facility in a new location. They recognised the Centre would be operated in connection with the hotel with links between WICC users and hotel guests.

They added the disruption caused by the construction of the bridge would be relatively short term.

The plans, submitted on behalf of the Celtic Manor in December, show some encroachment into the woodland will be necessary. It is said an agreed Woodland Management plan will improve the ecological habitat and compensate for this.

In its response, the council said: “In comparison with the amount of woodland which would be unaffected, and possibly enhanced, as a result of the development, it is not considered that the proposed development will have an adverse impact on the visual quality of the area.”

The council concluded there not to be any likely impact on the health and amenity of residents or people working locally.

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12:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Funny that, I have always said terry Matthews should be head of newport council as he runs them anyways
Funny that, I have always said terry Matthews should be head of newport council as he runs them anyways Casnewydd lad
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4:36pm Wed 22 Jan 14

wagtail says...

What a disgrace this Council is !!!!!!

What was the enviromental Impact when the original plans were submitted?

Why was it allowed for an extension to be built on an extension on an extension ?

How does the LDP plan for Newport explain itself ?

Planning permission is supposed to be sustainable, Public transport is supposed to show preference over cars for people to commute to work.

Why aren't housing plans being submitted for employees? They must employ quite a few by now.

What are the enviromental impact of a bridge and access road to wildlife?

Just hope they find a few bats or great crested newts but no doubt someone will keep it quiet.

How big is this complex? How many vehicles are to access this building?

Without an enviromental assessment you will never know !!!

Rather strange that an enviromental impact assessment was completed for the travellers to go to Ringland and the council paid for it yet The Celtic does not !!

When is anyone in this Council going to realise that Mr Mathews is not going to put Newport on his address details?

It wont be long before he applies for town/parish status just for his resort then he will tell this Council goodbye I do not need you anymore.
What a disgrace this Council is !!!!!! What was the enviromental Impact when the original plans were submitted? Why was it allowed for an extension to be built on an extension on an extension ? How does the LDP plan for Newport explain itself ? Planning permission is supposed to be sustainable, Public transport is supposed to show preference over cars for people to commute to work. Why aren't housing plans being submitted for employees? They must employ quite a few by now. What are the enviromental impact of a bridge and access road to wildlife? Just hope they find a few bats or great crested newts but no doubt someone will keep it quiet. How big is this complex? How many vehicles are to access this building? Without an enviromental assessment you will never know !!! Rather strange that an enviromental impact assessment was completed for the travellers to go to Ringland and the council paid for it yet The Celtic does not !! When is anyone in this Council going to realise that Mr Mathews is not going to put Newport on his address details? It wont be long before he applies for town/parish status just for his resort then he will tell this Council goodbye I do not need you anymore. wagtail
  • Score: -5

5:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

NakedDancer says...

If WAG are part funding this it should be in Newport City Centre.
If WAG are part funding this it should be in Newport City Centre. NakedDancer
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

NakedDancer wrote:
If WAG are part funding this it should be in Newport City Centre.
its WG now, they dropped the "assembly"
[quote][p][bold]NakedDancer[/bold] wrote: If WAG are part funding this it should be in Newport City Centre.[/p][/quote]its WG now, they dropped the "assembly" whatintheworld
  • Score: 0

7:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Wonder if IK Brunel considered an Environmental assessment for the Clifton suspension bridge?
Wonder if IK Brunel considered an Environmental assessment for the Clifton suspension bridge? Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 4

7:51am Thu 23 Jan 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
Wonder if IK Brunel considered an Environmental assessment for the Clifton suspension bridge?
I don't think he did, I hear his plans were up in the air
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: Wonder if IK Brunel considered an Environmental assessment for the Clifton suspension bridge?[/p][/quote]I don't think he did, I hear his plans were up in the air VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mep says...

Same old moaners when something good is on the cards for Newport.
Same old moaners when something good is on the cards for Newport. mep
  • Score: 4

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