A FORMER quarry in Monmouthshire could be turned into an all-year round holiday park under plans submitted to the county council.

The owners of the National Diving and Activity Centre have outlined proposals to provide holiday accommodation at the disused Livox Quarry, located between Tintern and Chepstow.

Planning documents submitted to the council outline plans for 40 lodge style caravans and a total of up to 120 holiday log cabins at the site.

The plans are expected to create 25 jobs, including 10 full-time, with roles created including managerial, administrative, receptionist, cleaning and maintenance.

The development is aimed at providing self-contained holiday accommodation for families to stay in and enjoy the attractions and sites in the area.

A planning statement says: “This development will not only sustainably embed the holiday provision within the local area but it will also help to further create Tintern, St Arvans, Chepstow and in a wider sense Monmouth as a holiday destination for visitors to stay and explore.

“This will transform Tintern and the surrounding area into a 365 day a year offering, allowing the visitor a far better experience of visiting and staying in the Wye Valley.

“This will increase visitor numbers, spends and offer a better visitor experience that isn’t currently on offer in Monmouthshire.”

The proposals aim to make use of walking routes and open water swimming in a lake located on the former quarry site.


The former limestone quarry stopped operations in 2013, although it still holds licences to operate.

It is argued there is “a clear demand” for the development, with an increase in visitors to the area since the Severn bridge tolls were scrapped.

Demand for self-contained accommodation has also increased due to Covid-19, economic uncertainty around Brexit and climate change, according to the application.

Given the “high luxury” proposal, the applicants estimate £26,685 being spent in the local area by each unit proposed, supporting local businesses, it is said.

The lodges will have a wooden exterior and have been designed to suit the countryside location, with a maximum height of four-metres.

UK holiday giant Hoseasons are expected to help market the new holiday park if the plans are approved.

A transport statement says the resort will be accessed off the A466, where a rural road will link to the site.

The site is also located close to train stations and bus stops, with access to walking and cycling routes.

Monmouthshire council will assess the plans.