Wyedean career targeted for large holiday park


THE owners of the National Dive and Activities Center have unveiled plans for another Wyedean quarry, developing a year-round ‘premium’ vacation park that can accommodate up to 120 cabins.

Proposals have been submitted to Monmouthshire Council by the Tidenham-based NDAC for holiday accommodation in the disused Livox limestone quarry off the A466 road between Tintern and Chepstow.

They initially applied for a change-of-use permit to install 40 lodge-style wood-clad trailers on the 126-acre site, which includes a lake, up to 120 log cabins.

And fully developed, they say the park could generate additional spending of £ 3million per year in the region.

The owners say the program, which is about three miles down the Wye from their NDAC base, could create 25 jobs, including 10 full-time, with roles such as management, administration, reception, cleaning and maintenance.

The development aims to provide self-contained vacation accommodation for families to stay and enjoy the attractions and sites of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean and beyond.

A planning statement states: “This development will not only sustainably integrate the holiday offerings in the region, but it will also help to create more Tintern, St Arvans, Chepstow and, in a broader sense, Monmouth, as a vacation destination for visitors to stay and explore.

“This will turn Tintern and the surrounding area into a 365 days a year offering, giving the visitor a much better experience of visiting and staying in the Wye Valley.

“This will increase the number of visitors, increase spending and provide a better visitor experience which is not currently offered in Monmouthshire.”

The proposals aim to use routes for walking and swimming in open water in the lake at the site of the quarry, which ceased operations in 2013 although it still holds licenses.

It is claimed that there is “a clear demand” for the development, with an increase in the number of visitors to the area since the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls.

Demand for self-contained housing has also increased due to Covid-19, economic uncertainty around Brexit and climate change, according to a report.

Given the ‘grand luxury’ proposal, applicants estimate that £ 26,685 is spent in the region by each proposed unit, supporting local businesses – a total of over £ 3million if 120 units are supplied.

The lodges will have a wooden exterior and have been designed to suit the location in the countryside, with a maximum height of four meters, the applicants add.

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

A transport statement says the complex will be accessible via the A466, where a rural road will connect to the site, while the site is also located close to cycling and walking trails.

A report on behalf of the program states: “The owners of the site have a proven track record and experience in operating a former quarry site, with the National Dive and Activities Center, which they created and operated. for 17 years.

“They are already members of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association and already support several local businesses.”

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