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London Resort theme park in Swanscombe has spent £70 million to date

Around £70 million has been spent on the London Resort theme park project in Swanscombe, according to councillors.

The figure was revealed after members from Kent County Council were briefed on the plans for the multi-billion pound attraction.

Plans for the project collapsed in 2017 when Paramount Pictures pulled out of a deal (20918029)
Plans for the project collapsed in 2017 when Paramount Pictures pulled out of a deal (20918029)

The site, which is planned to open on the Swanscombe Peninsula in 2024, is set to be "bigger than Legoland and Thorpe Park".

Swanscome and Greenhithe Residents Association (SGRA) councillor Peter Harman revealed members were told owners at the London Resort are planning to hold a final public consultation after Christmas.

Posting on his Kent County Council facebook group he revealed this would be before submitting a planning application to the government next summer.

There has been more work done on the project in the last six months than the previous three years.

During the meeting it was also revealed that the majority of construction materials would arrive via the river and that visitors to the park would access it via a dedicated slip road off the A2 Ebbsfleet roundabouts.

The £5 billion entertainment complex struck a deal with Hollywood film studio Paramount earlier this year, just two years after a previous deal fell through.

It had stalled two years prior because an issue over the lending of image rights to the attraction.

The London Resort is set to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula. Picture: EDF Energy (20918074)
The London Resort is set to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula. Picture: EDF Energy (20918074)

The project, which will also have rides and attractions based on hit ITV shows, would rival Disneyland Paris in scale, would also see a number of hotels - among them a Radisson Blu, following an agreement signed in August.

The London Resort was also previously boosted by the arrival of PY Gerbeau, the man credited for turning around the fortunes of the Millennium Dome in London.

Recently Dartford MP Gareth Johnson called on the government to help more than 140 firms threatened by the plans.

Traders on the Swanscombe Peninsula have been operating with uncertainty since the land they work on was earmarked for development into one of Europe’s flagship resorts in 2012.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson asked Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi to lend his support to those companies attached to the grounds of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

During questions in the House of Commons, he said: “More than 140 businesses are based at Northfleet Industrial Park on the Swanscombe Peninsula and they are unable to make long-term plans due to the uncertainty created by this project.

The £5 billion entertainment complex struck a deal with Hollywood film studio Paramount earlier this year.
The £5 billion entertainment complex struck a deal with Hollywood film studio Paramount earlier this year.

“They simply do not know when they will be required to leave the site and make way for the theme park to be built. No business can operate successfully in this way.”

The London Resort were approached for comment but said they were "unable to share any details from the meeting" and they will "provide further updates on the London Resort in due course".

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