Plans revealed for 'Disney-style' theme park in Kent
A new Disney-like entertainment theme park could be coming to north Kent, with the announcement of plans to spend two billion pounds building a theme park on an 872 acre brownfield site in the Swanscombe Penninsula.
The developers behind the bid - London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), are working in conjunction with the Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures company. LRCH claim if approved, their scheme would be of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and could lead to the creation of up to 27,000 jobs.
The proposed site is near Ebbsfleet International railway station - meaning it would be just a17-minute journey time from London, and two hours from Paris. The theme park would feature Europe's largest indoor water park, theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels. It would be twice the size of the Olympic site. If approved the developers project an opening in 2018.
London Resort Company Holdings said it had signed an agreement with Paramount Licensing Incorporated to obtain exclusive UK licensing for a Paramount entertainment resort. LRCH is also in negotiations with a number of major British brands to sign licensing agreements.The company said it had been working closely with Dartford and Gravesham Borough Councils. Jeremy Kite, the leader of Dartford Borough Council, and John Burden, leader of Gravesham Borough Council issued a join statement seeming to back the project.