£3.2bn London Resort on Swanscombe Peninsula pushed back AGAIN as bosses now target opening in 2023
PUBLISHED: 16:39 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:51 27 July 2017
A planning application was meant to be submitted by the end of this year but has now been delayed until the spring
The £3.2bn entertainment resort earmarked for the Swanscombe Peninsula has suffered yet another setback, with bosses admitting they are now aiming to open in 2023.
Earlier this year, London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the developer behind the plans to build the park, set to include rollercoasters and hotels, said it was confident of submitting a planning application by the end of this year, and that the complex would welcome visitors by 2022.
However, chiefs insist the latest delay, which will see an application submitted instead in the spring of next year, has nothing to do with the departure of Paramount Pictures from the project, but rather is down to the complexities of the planning process.
Nevertheless, it comes as a blow to a scheme that has been pushed back several times in recent years.
The developer today announced it would be holding its final round of public consultation events in early 2018 - the fifth stage of an extensive programme of engagement which has already seen over 8,000 people participate.
CEO Humphrey Percy said: “This final round of consultation will be a crucial step towards completing our plans for the world class entertainment resort.
“We have subjected our project to considerable rigour in recent months, transformed it, and in turn are creating an inspirational and deliverable scheme.
“We are encouraged that industry experts have fully endorsed our decision to pursue a multi-IP, two gate strategy.
“We are delighted with progress on partnership agreements. We plan to build over 3,500 hotel rooms, operated by our new partner, Intercontinental Hotel Group; constructing the majority of the Resort and new roads and infrastructure with materials stored at and transported from Port of Tilbury, with whom we have recently signed an agreement.
“We are now in very detailed commercial negotiations regarding partners, the concepts they are embracing and some of the incredible creative propositions.
“We are encouraged and supported by our local authority partners to take the time to get this right; we have listened to our stakeholders and will now be consulting the public early in 2018 and submitting the Development Consent Order application in Spring of 2018. Our grand opening date is planned for 2023.
“The London Resort is a first for the UK. Not just because we are the first Business and Commercial Nationally Significant Infrastructure project, but more than that, together we are creating a Global Entertainment Resort without parallel in this country, propelling us into the top ten theme park resorts in the world.
“We are combining an investment of £3.2bn, just 17 minutes from the top tourist City destination in the world, alongside globally recognised brands, stories and characters from the world of television, film, books and games.”