The full scale of the planned £3.5billion theme park set to be built near London has been revealed for the first time as the scheme goes up for public consultation.
Artists impressions of the planned London Resort project were revealed at the end of last year, and now detailed drawings of the site have been included in a public consultation document.
People can have their say on the theme park plan ahead of construction beginning – with the aim being to open the resort in 2024.
The London Resort was first announced in 2012, reports The Star.
It will initially have six differently-themed areas across its 535-acre site – although there are already plans prepared for it to be extended even more by 2029.
The new multi-billion pound theme park in north Kent would have a ‘Park and Glide’ ferry connection to Essex (Image: London Resort)
It would be the first park of its kind to be built in Europe from scratch, since Disneyland Paris in 1992.
Although it has been dubbed the “UK’s answer to Disneyland”, the resort has no affiliation with Disney, and will instead partner up with the BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures.
New chief executive PY Gerbeau said the industrial site in Swanscombe, Kent, will be “transformed into one of the most exciting destinations in the world”.
Bosses behind the plan have outlined 9,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs would be created for the resort within its first year.
Artists impression of the arrival plaza, hotels and market (Image: London Resort)
They claim it would rise to 17,000 and over 35,000 respectively after 15 years, and includes roles for a range of people from high-tech engineers to seasonal part-time workers.
Construction could begin in early 2022 for the park’s grand opening in 2024.
The resort will include two theme parks, a water park, conference venues, hotels, retail and dining.
A large proportion of the peninsula will be “enhanced for wildlife”, with quiet zones for visitors and the public to relax.
The new plans will get theme park fans very excited (Image: London Resort)
“Our aim is also to be one of the most sustainable major theme parks in the world, pursuing an operational net zero emissions goal,” Mr Gerbeau said.
According to the consultation documents, the park will boost the economies of Dartford, Gravesham and Thurrock, as well as wider Kent and Essex.
Mr Gerbeau said: “It is the first project of its kind to be designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project so… it is also important for the nation to have its say.”
The consultation period runs until 21 September.