Published: 11:37, 11 April 2021
| Updated: 07:33, 12 April 2021
Campaigners are calling on the BBC to scrap its involvement in plans for the UK's largest theme park because of the threat to wildlife.
They say involvement by the broadcaster in the controversial development on the peninsula would run contrary to its stated commitment to "creating a positive environmental impact" in its work.
The BBC has joined ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures in agreeing to lend naming rights to rides and attractions at the resort.
However, last month marshland where developers hope to build the £2.5bn attraction was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as it is home to scores of rare species.
The status granted by Natural England - the Government's environmental advisory group - means any future development plans must take into account the abundance and importance of wildlife in the area.
So far almost 2,000 people have signed the petition, which states: "We ask that BBC Studios considers all the listed concerns below from various wildlife charities and individuals and agrees that for the BBC to be taking an interest in such a wildlife damaging planning application would go against its own Green Policy values and so therefore withdraws its interest from the London Resort Theme Park with immediate effect."
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London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) has submitted a 25,000-page planning application which is now being considered by planning inspectors from the Government's Planning Inspectorate.
The London Resort scheme has been deemed a nationally significant infrastructure project by the Planning Inspectorate and is estimated to provide 48,000 direct and supply chain jobs during construction with 17,000 jobs at the park by 2038.
But bosses will now have to set out highly detailed mitigation plans to protect the environment as a result of the SSSI status being awarded.