Work on a convention centre at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort will start in the new year after planning permission was granted. The Wales International Convention Centre will have the capacity for 4,000 delegates, making it the largest of its kind in Wales and south west England.
Newport council's planning committee backed the detailed plans at a meeting on Wednesday. The centre will create 250 jobs and could be open by 2019. More than 200 jobs will also be created during the three-year construction of the centre, which will have an auditorium for up to 1,500 delegates and a separate exhibition hall. It will also have 13 meeting rooms, outdoor terraces and an entrance plaza with potential for an outdoor theatre.