It’s looking more likely than ever that the UK’s version of Disneyland will be built, with new pictures and plans revealing “a new vision” of what the ambitious theme park could look like.
But you can still have your say.
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In June, The London Resort added Paramount Pictures to its already impressive bill of companies on board, making the idea of the gigantic project going ahead seem more likely.
And on Monday (July 27), the company published thousands of pages of plans for the public to review and provide their views, revealing exactly how the former brownfield industrial site will transform into “o ne of the most exciting destinations in the world”.
Updated plans for the £3.5bn theme park, which will be located on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent, promise “infrastructure improvements and environmental enhancements alongside economic benefits”, including 9,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs created for the operation of the resort within the first year.
And this is set to rise to 17,000 direct and over 35,000 indirect jobs after 15 years, providing a boost to economies in Dartford, Gravesham, Thurrock, Kent and Essex.
Environmental changes include creating a green network of parkland, and wildlife habitats beside the River Thames.
Two ferry terminals and two new transport interchanges are also listed in the report, with access to the resort via road, river, rail, bus, cycling or walking.
A statement from The London Resort said the new plans build on community consultations, as well as discussions with local authorities, Highways England, the Port of Tilbury and environmental bodies.
The resort will comprise of rides and attractions across two theme parks, with entertainment, e-Sports, a water park, conference and convention venues, hotels, retail and dining, all brought together across one setting.
The company said that, if successful in securing development consent, construction could begin in early 2022, with a view to opening the first park ‘gate’ in 2024, and the next in five years.
But it is not too late for the public to express their thoughts.
A statutory consultation period that started on Monday will last until 11.59pm on September 21, 2020, in which webinars and online Q&A’s will take place for people to have their say.
PY Gerbeau, the London Resort’s CEO, said: “We have listened, analysed and considered all the feedback given to us through extensive consultations.
“It is the first project of its kind to be designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project so while it’s incredibly important for local communities to continue contributing, it is also important for the nation to have its say.”
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