Celtic Manor conference centre set for green light

South Wales Argus: Celtic Manor conference centre set for green light Celtic Manor conference centre set for green light

PLANS for a new conference centre in Newport that could serve as many as 3,000 delegates are set for the green light at a Newport council meeting next week.

Officers have recommended that the Celtic Manor Resort’s application for outline planning permission to build the so-called Wales International Conference Centre be granted with conditions.

It’s now up to councillors on the council planning committee, who will need to consider objections from the Gwent Wildlife Trust and other worries over the traffic impact on nearby roads, to decide on the application.

Officers said the proposed development is considered to be acceptable in principle, with clear economic benefits to South East Wales, as were issues of biodiversity and traffic impact.

It aims to be a world-class conference centre, complete with multi-storey car park, that would generate more than 100,000 bedroom nights per year. Most of these would need to be accommodated off-site, with the Celtic Manor Resort only capable of accommodating 20,000 a year.

Edwina Hart, business minister, announced in November that the initial stage of the project will be match-funded by the Welsh Government. Construction of the centre is expected to take two years.

According to a report going to the meeting of the planning committee next Wednesday, Gwent Wildlife Trust has objected to the plans on the grounds that they’d result in the loss of ancient semi-natural woodland.

The environmental charity said its greatest concern was at the loss of 1.2 hectares of Coldra Wood, claiming mitigation for the loss of habitat didn’t meet criteria guidelines.

In a worst-case scenario the centre would generate 500 trips per hour between 8am and 10am and 4pm and 6pm, but only when there are major events when the facility is fully occupied.

Head of Streetscene Phil Matley is concerned that however expressed concerns that proposed full-time traffic lights on the bridge over the M4 that accessing the site could create more problems than it solves, due to queuing issues.

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12:03am Sun 29 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I'd rather keep the ancient Welsh woodland which is our heritage and scrap the plans for a conference centre for bigwigs in high chairs in their identical romper suit suit and tie uniforms. After all, there is the technological ability to host conferences via video nowadays - which would also mean that the much milked taxpayer would also stand to save much of their hard earned minimum wage pay as well as the woodland of their ancestors. Or is this all secretly about 'VIPs' exercising their 'inalienable' perk to be wined, dined and have a leisurely game of golf at the proletariat's expense?
I'd rather keep the ancient Welsh woodland which is our heritage and scrap the plans for a conference centre for bigwigs in high chairs in their identical romper suit suit and tie uniforms. After all, there is the technological ability to host conferences via video nowadays - which would also mean that the much milked taxpayer would also stand to save much of their hard earned minimum wage pay as well as the woodland of their ancestors. Or is this all secretly about 'VIPs' exercising their 'inalienable' perk to be wined, dined and have a leisurely game of golf at the proletariat's expense? Katie Re-Registered
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10:50am Sun 29 Jun 14

charlie, newport says...

Oops I hit like to Katie's post not dislike.

Completely disagree. The idea of a future where no-one meets face to face, talks to each other properly, knows each other and understands about a person more than the words coming out of their mouth, disheartens me.

Social interaction is important for everyone, business people included. By which I mean meeting face to face and chatting over a coffee during a break, not being wined and dined.

In my opinion the benefits of this proposal to the SE Wales economy, including Newport, far outweigh the loss of a very small proportion of a wood. Here is a scheme that really will benefit local businesses.
Oops I hit like to Katie's post not dislike. Completely disagree. The idea of a future where no-one meets face to face, talks to each other properly, knows each other and understands about a person more than the words coming out of their mouth, disheartens me. Social interaction is important for everyone, business people included. By which I mean meeting face to face and chatting over a coffee during a break, not being wined and dined. In my opinion the benefits of this proposal to the SE Wales economy, including Newport, far outweigh the loss of a very small proportion of a wood. Here is a scheme that really will benefit local businesses. charlie, newport
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4:35am Mon 30 Jun 14

artsfan says...

I so love the idea of a huge conference centre in Newport! We'll no doubt have huge arms fairs there, attracting way more people to Newport. We already have arms companies and technology companies working for them being drawn into Newport at an incredible rate which Terry the Tank and Simon Gibson suck up to and take money off. We have a whole load of warmongers coming to Newport for the NATO summit. Meanwhile, our kids have been benefiting by the opportunity to have free drones workshops and more jobs have been made available on zero-hour contract minimum wage for local people and inflated salaries for people moving in to the city from elsewhere. What's a few trees in the grand scheme of things? Makes me feel so proud to be Newportonian!
I so love the idea of a huge conference centre in Newport! We'll no doubt have huge arms fairs there, attracting way more people to Newport. We already have arms companies and technology companies working for them being drawn into Newport at an incredible rate which Terry the Tank and Simon Gibson suck up to and take money off. We have a whole load of warmongers coming to Newport for the NATO summit. Meanwhile, our kids have been benefiting by the opportunity to have free drones workshops and more jobs have been made available on zero-hour contract minimum wage for local people and inflated salaries for people moving in to the city from elsewhere. What's a few trees in the grand scheme of things? Makes me feel so proud to be Newportonian! artsfan
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11:29am Tue 1 Jul 14

Really? Really? says...

Surely they can do it without impacting on ancient woodland - woodland that has been around hundreds of years. Shame on councillors and Welsh Government for not insisting that ancient woodland is protected.
Surely they can do it without impacting on ancient woodland - woodland that has been around hundreds of years. Shame on councillors and Welsh Government for not insisting that ancient woodland is protected. Really? Really?
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