South East Wales

Celtic Manor convention centre set to create 150 jobs

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Image copyright Ian Caper
Image caption Leaders from around 60 countries are expected to attend the Nato summit in September

An international convention centre planned for the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport could create 150 new jobs, it has been revealed.

Outline plans for the 30,000 sq m (322,917 sq ft) centre, which could hold up to 4,000 delegates, have been submitted to the city council.

If approved it would be the biggest in Wales and south west England.

The resort, owned by billionaire Sir Terry Matthews, will host the Nato summit in September.

A report to planners says the planned three-storey building, to be named The Wales International Convention Centre, would be built on land next to junction 24 of the M4.

It will house a main auditorium and an exhibition hall, as well as a new 1,800-space multi-story car park, to be linked to the centre via an underground walkway.

The Welsh government is matching funding for the project's initial stage.

'Quality facilities'

Research into the impact of extra traffic expected to be generated by the centre suggests it can be accommodated by introducing a traffic management system on the vehicle bridge over the M4.

But the report says most of the anticipated traffic will be coming from the north and east, using the A449.

It adds the facility will "enhance the reputation of not just the Celtic Manor Resort, but the wider community of Newport as an area of easily accessible quality facilities".

Meanwhile Cardiff council is pressing ahead with plans for a convention centre in the capital.

In January councillors agreed to allow a procurement plan to be drawn up for a 1,500-delegate centre as part of a 12,000-seat indoor arena.

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