The London Resort Submits Planning Application
The ambitious project takes another step closer to becoming a reality after submitting over 25,000 pages of reports, assessments and analysis, to the Government.
JANUARY 4th, 2021
he most ambitious entertainment project in Europe – The London Resort – has finally submitted its planning application to the Government. Estimated to generate over £50 billion for the UK across 25 years, the resort is expected to become one of the largest, single site employers in the country.
Independent research has helped forecast the lucrative outlook, including over 6,000 construction jobs created to help build the resort, 8,700 direct employees by 2024 – expected to rise to 17,000 by 2038, and up to £200 million in additional tax revenues, directly created by 2038.
Situated between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula by the River Thames, the resort will include two theme parks, a waterpark, a conference and convention centre, retail, shopping and e-Sports facilities. Also, the application states a capacity to create more than 3,500 hotel rooms which would be based alongside two ferry terminals – one each side of the Thames.
Along with the application, the public were shown new concept art showing the sheer scale of the project – set to open in 2024 – and the overall theme and design. Although there are still details which are being kept secret, we do know some of the features expected to appear in the resort.
Throughout the theme park there will be different “lands”, including The Studio, “a gritty, modern-day warehouse district” which will feature inspiration from blockbuster films. Attractions are rumoured to include a Mission Impossible ride, and will mostly likely be the main area for Paramount sponsorships. The Woods will be based around “an enchanted realm where bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales reign supreme”.
The Kingdom – an immersive area of “swords sorcery, dragons and legend” is expected to feature one of many thrilling rollercoasters. The Isles, inspired by “a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures”, will sit alongside The Jungle, “where the ancient ruins of a long-lost Meso-American civilisation are slowly unearthing”. And finally, The Starport, a future landing zone that “will launch visitors into thrilling science-fiction adventures”. A Star Trek inspired rollercoaster is rumoured to be the main attraction of this land.
As well as the thrilling elements of the project, The London Resort is aiming to be one of the most sustainable, global destinations in the world. With plans to become the first operationally carbon neutral theme park in the world, the project will deliver a net biodiversity gain and will create a green network of parkland and wildlife habitat creation.
PY Gerbeau, Chief Executive of The London Resort said: “I arrived at this project eighteen months ago and it has been non-stop ever since. We have revived, reviewed, and reprogrammed the entire venture. This will be so much more than just a theme park.
“We have built excellent relationships with many stakeholders and are working closely with the elected local Council leaders. This has been an incredibly challenging journey and we look forward to working with the UK Government over the next twelve months.”
If the application is approved, The London Resort will be the first major European development of its kind to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris in 1992. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 if applications are successful.
The Government has a period of 28 days to write to local authorities and assess ‘adequacy’ on the consultation and carry out evaluations on the application before a decision is made to accept or reject the submission.
The London Resort has been long in the planning, with the initial project being marketed as “Paramount Park”. Due to delays and other stalls, the project went silent, however, in recent years, with new management, the project seems to be gathering speed and confidence.
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