2016 start date planned for £2bn Kent “Disneyland”

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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Backers of a planned £2bn theme park in Kent are hoping to start construction in 2016.

Developers of the Paramount resort revealed a timetable as informal public consultation on the proposal got underway.

London Resort Company Holdings want to transform the derelict Swanscombe Peninsula into a rival to Disneyland.

Full details of the scheme are expected to be unveiled in October when the first formal stage of the public consultation gets under way.

London Paramount Entertainment Resort is expected to create 27,000 jobs and will feature a water park, theme park, sporting facilities, an entertainment street, a staff training academy and about 5,000 hotel rooms.

Project leader Tony Sefton told Kentonline: “We are committed to the consultation timetable.

“Come October, the next stage of exhibitions will be more detailed. Then the fun stuff starts to come out. The key message is ‘it’s coming’. It’s happening now.”

As well as being a tourist attraction the resort also aims to create a hub for the UK’s creative industries.

This includes plans for more than 50 acres of commercial letting space and a 21,000sqm Creative Industry Hub.

London Resort Company Holdings is 75% owned by Kuwaiti company KEH.

The company has a licencing agreement with Paramount Licencing Inc, giving it exclusive rights to use Paramount’s intellectual property in the UK as part of the resort.

The team is in discussions with the two main land owners on the Peninsula – Lafarge Tarmac and Land Securities – about acquiring the 700-acre area the resort would be built on.

KEH director Fenlon Dunphy said: “We are in active discussions with land owners which are progressing well. It’s going in the right direction.”

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