Holiday park plans for disused Somerset quarry

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A disused quarry in Somerset is to be turned into a £10m holiday park, with the creation of 65 jobs.

Plans for Cookswood Quarry, Holcombe, have been approved by Mendip District councillors and could become a reality as early as next summer.

Developers plan to build 143 log cabins at Cookswood Holiday Retreat. There will also be a swimming pool, lake and artificial beach.

The limestone quarry has not been used since 1989.

More recently it has become popular with youngsters "tombstoning" or jumping into the water.

Dean Mason, 19, from Weston-super-Mare, died when he jumped into the water in June.

And a 16-year-old from Bath drowned after jumping into the quarry seven years ago.

Rick Massey, who owns the quarry, said work could start on the project in the autumn.

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