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Further Plans Unveiled For The London Resort - Also Known As 'UK Disneyland'

Further Plans Unveiled For The London Resort - Also Known As 'UK Disneyland'

Further plans have been unveiled for the theme park that's been widely dubbed 'the UK's answer to Disneyland'.

The London Resort, as it's currently known, is located in Swanscombe, Kent - just 17 minutes by train from St Pancras Station - and has been in the works for the past eight years.

Proposals for the 'evolved masterplan' have now opened for a public consultation, with people being urged to comment on the designs.

According to the plans, The London Resort will include four hotels - boasting 3,500 rooms - as well as dozens of rides, attractions, entertainment, eSports and conference venues, across two theme parks.

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And after signing a deal with Paramount, it will even feature rides based on the studio's films, as well as TV shows from the BBC and ITV.

The proposed site is 17 minutes outside of London, in Kent. Credit: The London Resort
The proposed site is 17 minutes outside of London, in Kent. Credit: The London Resort

If the plans are given the green light, work is set to start in 2022, with the grand opening to take place in 2024.

In the first year, the developer claims that The London Resort would create 9,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs, which would rise to 17,000 and over 35,000 respectively over the following 15 years.

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Describing the plans earlier this year, the developer behind the scheme said: "When complete, it will be three times larger than any other park in the UK.

Plans have now gone to public consultation. Credit: The London Resort
Plans have now gone to public consultation. Credit: The London Resort

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"Two theme parks and a resort water park will be set over 535 acres, the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums.

"A bespoke entertainment district, including the provision of 3,500 hotel rooms, will be devoted to a full-suite of hospitality experiences. There will be something for every generation and food and drink for every taste.

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"But it's the rides and the experiences which will take The London Resort to another level. Brands from across literature, television, music, film and entertainment, are being hand-picked to create unique experiences never previously imagined."

The London Resort's chief executive, PY Gerbeau, said: "The London Resort represents a unique opportunity to bring a thrilling and exciting global entertainment destination to the UK with a breadth of facilities.

If given the green light, work is due to start in 2022. Credit: The London Resort
If given the green light, work is due to start in 2022. Credit: The London Resort

"It will generate multi-billion-pound investment, thousands of jobs, and will transform a largely brownfield site into one of the most exciting entertainment destinations in the world.

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"As well as maximising new, immersive and interactive technologies, our aim is also to be one of the most sustainable major theme parks in the world, pursuing an operational net zero emissions goal.

"It is the first project of its kind to be designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project so while it's incredibly important for local communities to continue contributing, it is also important for the nation to have its say."

The consultation will run until 21 September.

Featured Image Credit: The London Resort

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]