The remains of a medieval priory could be transformed into a visitors centre if new plans are approved.
Retired airline pilot Howard Barber wants to transform Pentney Abbey Gatehouse into a heritage centre and function room.
The 14th-century gatehouse is the only surviving monastic building from the abbey and is a Grade I ancient monument.
Mr Barber has submitted a planning application to West Norfolk Council to change the use of the gatehouse and allow it to thrive once more.
The application’s heritage asset statement says; “We would like to make the building accessible to all who have an interest in the rich history of this part of Norfolk and the story we have to tell.
“Sitting on the newly-developed Nar Ouse Way, one of the major walks in Norfolk, this will be a fantastic starting point for the increasing number of walkers to start their exploration of the ‘Holy River’ linking directly to Castle Acre.
“We would like to invite educational tours from schools and colleges, our local school at Marham has already completed a project on the abbey. We will have unique space dedicated to education and functions.”
When Mr Barber and his partner Dita Lee arrived at the site in 2010, the gatehouse interior was covered in vegetation, medieval rubble from its crumbling walls and a variety of other junk.
But through hard work the pair have developed a holiday park.
Mr Barber has a number of plans to develop the site and the gate house further, which include linking with other sites in the area, including Castle Acre.
His plans also include heritage open days, trials, medieval study days, training in heritage and archaeology along with other studies.
The heritage statement adds: “Over time Pentney Abbey has played a significant role in the history of West Norfolk.
“We have played a part in securing this magnificent building.”
The priory was founded in 1130 and dissolved in 1537.