A FORMER computer shop in Clytha Park Road, Newport, is to be converted into a ‘micro-pub’.

The empty shop will become the city’s first-ever ‘micro-pub’, a one-room pub with a focus on locally-produced drinks and no televisions or electronic entertainment, after a planning application was granted.

The application was discussed at a meeting of Newport City Council’s Planning Committee yesterday, Wednesday, where members were generally in favour of the idea, but also raised issues such as a lack of a designated space for smokers.

Stow Hill ward member Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi said: “It’s a nice idea bit it’s in the wrong place.”

But Marshfield ward member Cllr Richard White said: “I don’t think this will have the impact people are afraid of.

“It’s such a small building, it’s almost like having people in your front room for a drink. It may be a venture which could prove useful for local people.”

The pub will be named The Cellar Door and is applying for a licence to open between 11am and 11pm seven days a week.

The application was approved by four votes to three.

To view the full application visit newport.gov.uk/en/Planning-Housing/Planning and search for 16/1021.