Plans to transform the Brabazon hangars at Filton into a world-class music venue have been approved by Bristol City Council.

After three-and-a-half hours the council’s planning committee approved the plans for an arena at Filton Airfield.

It will be the third largest arena in the UK after London O2 and Manchester's M.E.N arenas, hosting seats for 17,000.

The Malaysian investment firm behind the Filton Arena plans YTL, aims to open the doors to the public in early 2023.

The project's Managing Director, Andrew Billingham, has said the complex will create more than 500 new jobs and generate £1.5 billion locally over 25 years.

The plans also included a Temple Meads to Brabazon station rail link and a new metrobus route.

Following the decision, he said, "We're delighted that the council has entrusted us with this brilliant opportunity to put Bristol on the world stage. It is a huge step forward for our plans. We're incredibly grateful to all those who have supported us and encouraged us on this journey".

We're delighted that the council has entrusted us with this brilliant opportunity to put Bristol on the world stage. It is a huge step forward for our plans. We're incredibly grateful to all those who have supported us and encouraged us on this journey.

Managing Director, Andrew Billingham
The plans also included a Temple Meads to Brabazon station rail link and a new metrobus route. Credit: Grimshaw Architects