Wales International Conference Centre in Newport given the green light

A CONFERENCE centre promising as many as 300 new jobs for Newport got the green light from members of the city council's planning committee yesterday.

The Wales International Conference Centre at the Celtic Manor Resort, which could serve events with as many as 3,000 delegates, is to be granted outline planning permission with conditions following the decision on Wednesday.

Members were urged to embrace the chance to fill a gap in the market amid mooted plans in Cardiff and Bristol, with the venue likely to be able to host major political conferences as well as music events.

Celtic Manor Vice-president for facilities and development Russell Phillips told the committee that the Celtic Manor currently employs around 800 people full time but that the convention centre could create more than 150 new permanent jobs.

He said that the Celtic has around 300 casual staff but that the convention centre could add in excess of 150 such posts.

Mr Phillips said the resort spends around £23 million pounds within the NP postcode but with the convention centre this could increase to £30 million.

He said that conference centres had been proposed in Cardiff and Bristol, but that an independent study said there was only room for one in the market place.

Committee chairman Councillor Paul Hannon said: “This is a red letter day for Newport.

“There’s no doubt that when these proposals go ahead we will have a world class convention centre here in our city.”

“The people that will be coming, a whole range of different associations, industries, professions, individuals - they will be bringing with them a wealth of different experiences and very often will be coming to Newport for

the very first time,” he said.

Gwent Wildlife Trust had expressed concerns that the plans would result in the loss of ancient semi-natural woodland.

However the trust has said that it believes its objections can be overcome at the detailed application stage. Mitigation measures have been proposed.

Ringland Cllr Malcolm Linton said he welcomed the conference centre, but asked if there would be more developments encroaching into nearby woodland at the Celtic Manor.

After the meeting Cllr Linton called for the Celtic to attend a meeting in the estate to discuss the development and employment opportunities for people in the area.

David Fouweather, Allt-yr-yn Tory councillor, added: “There is a gap in the market and we in Newport need to grab it, take it and work with it.”

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4:22pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bobmech1 says...

Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk! bobmech1
  • Score: -13

4:37pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

bobmech1 wrote:
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!
So why is the text below a direct cut and paste from the CM's website showing Newport very clearly?
Contact Us
The Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Woods
The Usk Valley
Newport
South Wales
NP18 1HQ
UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 413 000
Fax: +44 (0)1633 412 910
[quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk![/p][/quote]So why is the text below a direct cut and paste from the CM's website showing Newport very clearly? Contact Us The Celtic Manor Resort Coldra Woods The Usk Valley Newport South Wales NP18 1HQ UK Tel: +44 (0)1633 413 000 Fax: +44 (0)1633 412 910 Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 8

5:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mep says...

bobmech1 wrote:
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!
Get a life! Another great opportunity for Newport because of the Celtic Manor.
[quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk![/p][/quote]Get a life! Another great opportunity for Newport because of the Celtic Manor. mep
  • Score: 10

5:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

well at least the celtic manor is one good thing we have in newport
well at least the celtic manor is one good thing we have in newport scraptheWAG
  • Score: 5

6:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Well, I suppose in these days of austerity, penny-pinching directors of budgeting companies and organisations one might have reasonably assumed it a much better idea to save money by hosting conferences via video link.

However, there isn't as much space to play golf in a pokey conference room in some office now, is there...?;)
Well, I suppose in these days of austerity, penny-pinching directors of budgeting companies and organisations one might have reasonably assumed it a much better idea to save money by hosting conferences via video link. However, there isn't as much space to play golf in a pokey conference room in some office now, is there...?;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -9

6:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Gwent Wildlife Trust had expressed concerns that the plans would result in the loss of ancient semi-natural woodland."

Songbirds out; vultures in!
"Gwent Wildlife Trust had expressed concerns that the plans would result in the loss of ancient semi-natural woodland." Songbirds out; vultures in! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -8

7:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

sooty001 says...

David Fouweather said " There is a gap in the market " ,there will be a gap in the woods soon.
David Fouweather said " There is a gap in the market " ,there will be a gap in the woods soon. sooty001
  • Score: -4

7:36pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

......as per the rspb advert we can 'give nature a home' in our back gardens in the city.....
I bet there's loads of kids hoping to get a cuddly little hedgehog as a pet....based on what's portrayed.....
......as per the rspb advert we can 'give nature a home' in our back gardens in the city..... I bet there's loads of kids hoping to get a cuddly little hedgehog as a pet....based on what's portrayed..... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

portman says...

Perhaps the council can give planning permissionkon the condition terry boy pays towards the refurb of the water park at tredegar park....give something back to the children of this city Ter.
Perhaps the council can give planning permissionkon the condition terry boy pays towards the refurb of the water park at tredegar park....give something back to the children of this city Ter. portman
  • Score: -2

8:07pm Wed 2 Jul 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

A lot gets made about Matthews wanting either closer links with Cardiff or his own Vale of Usk, but the fact is it in Newport and there no getting away from that and give it 18 months and with the developments ongoing maybe those views will change.

Newport will be great again, one day, lol
A lot gets made about Matthews wanting either closer links with Cardiff or his own Vale of Usk, but the fact is it in Newport and there no getting away from that and give it 18 months and with the developments ongoing maybe those views will change. Newport will be great again, one day, lol VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 3

10:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bobmech1 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
bobmech1 wrote:
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!So why is the text below a direct cut and paste from the CM's website showing Newport very clearly?
Contact Us
The Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Woods
The Usk Valley
Newport
South Wales
NP18 1HQ
UK
Tel:Do you not remember the outcry in the Argus when the CM promoted the Ryder Cup in the Vale of Usk and not on Newport. The Wales Summit isn't billed as the Newport Summit yet the CM is in 'Newport'
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk![/p][/quote]So why is the text below a direct cut and paste from the CM's website showing Newport very clearly? Contact Us The Celtic Manor Resort Coldra Woods The Usk Valley Newport South Wales NP18 1HQ UK Tel:Do you not remember the outcry in the Argus when the CM promoted the Ryder Cup in the Vale of Usk and not on Newport. The Wales Summit isn't billed as the Newport Summit yet the CM is in 'Newport' bobmech1
  • Score: -6

10:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bobmech1 says...

mep wrote:
bobmech1 wrote:
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!
Get a life! Another great opportunity for Newport because of the Celtic Manor.
What Benefit did Newport get from the Ryder Cup even the reports stated that Cardiff benefited more than Newport

I'm not ante Newport , I remember it as a vibrant packed town, plenty of shops plenty of Shoppers!
I would like to see Newport vibrant again but these events won't do that neither will the convention centre as Cardiff and Bristol can provide entertainment, shopping etc, which Newport cannot compete with now or in the near future as it will take years to rejuvenate itself after successive councils let it run down awaiting the redevelopment that is possibly too late in bringing life into the city. Will the shops all move into the new centre and thus take the trade from the high street? Which will kill the high street
It needs a carefully considered integration so that the whole of the city centre benefits. As does any development on the outskirts of the city needs to consider its relationship with the city.
If you think about it verb the new hospital is moving to Cwmbran!
[quote][p][bold]mep[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk![/p][/quote]Get a life! Another great opportunity for Newport because of the Celtic Manor.[/p][/quote]What Benefit did Newport get from the Ryder Cup even the reports stated that Cardiff benefited more than Newport I'm not ante Newport , I remember it as a vibrant packed town, plenty of shops plenty of Shoppers! I would like to see Newport vibrant again but these events won't do that neither will the convention centre as Cardiff and Bristol can provide entertainment, shopping etc, which Newport cannot compete with now or in the near future as it will take years to rejuvenate itself after successive councils let it run down awaiting the redevelopment that is possibly too late in bringing life into the city. Will the shops all move into the new centre and thus take the trade from the high street? Which will kill the high street It needs a carefully considered integration so that the whole of the city centre benefits. As does any development on the outskirts of the city needs to consider its relationship with the city. If you think about it verb the new hospital is moving to Cwmbran! bobmech1
  • Score: -3

10:48am Thu 3 Jul 14

displayed says...

Promoting and organising outa town developments and high profile meetings wont bring the life back to the heart of city centre............
Promoting and organising outa town developments and high profile meetings wont bring the life back to the heart of city centre............ displayed
  • Score: -1

10:22pm Thu 3 Jul 14

BobEvams2014 says...

bobmech1 wrote:
Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications
I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk!
I agree that monstrosity overlooking the motorway should be knocked down down at once, and all the workforce sacked - planning permission should never have been given.

Reports indicate this is the fault of

Bob Bright and Newport City Council
The EU
The Welsh Assembly
The last Labour Government
[quote][p][bold]bobmech1[/bold] wrote: Are the council terrified of Terry Mathews, one minute there criticising him for the golf and the Summit not being linked to Newport and the next breathe their giving him everything he wants with all his planning applications I bet the conference centre won't be marketed as part of .Newport, he already considers the Celtic Manor as in the Vale of Usk![/p][/quote]I agree that monstrosity overlooking the motorway should be knocked down down at once, and all the workforce sacked - planning permission should never have been given. Reports indicate this is the fault of Bob Bright and Newport City Council The EU The Welsh Assembly The last Labour Government BobEvams2014
  • Score: 0
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