London Paramount: Full details, dates and venues on next public consultation
PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 October 2014
Find out where you can find out more about £2bn project
Further details on the £2billion London Paramount park in north Kent have been unveiled ahead of the first round of public consultations on the ambitious project.
And one of the senior executives behind the scheme say the meetings will bring “some of the fizz” for what it intends will ultimately become Europe’s best entertainment destination.
The project, which has a licence to use well known branding from movies emerging from the Paramount studios in the US, is promising to create 27,000 local jobs - some 17,000 directly - in a major development to be build on the site of a former cement works on the Swanscombe Peninsula, close to Ebbsfleet.
Comprising a major theme park, entertainment complex and 5,000 hotel rooms, plus exhibition arenas, the project will rival Disneyland Paris in terms of size and number of visitors.
And in the coming weeks, the public will get the chance to finally get a peek at some of the plans.
The working logo has also been unveiled this week (pictured).
Initial public meetings earlier this year - designed to identify how local residents wanted to be consulted going forward, attracted more than 2,000 visitors.
Now a series of events are going to take place as pace picks up ahead of submission of a planning application next August.
If all goes to plan, the park should be open by Easter 2020 - slightly later than originally planned, but in order to ensure the planning process has sufficient time to meet required guidelines.
It was the first project to be designated a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ by the Government, which means the decision over its progress is made directly by the secretary of state rather than through traditional local channels.
However, the company behind London Paramount - London Resort Company Holdings - says this means it has to have an even more thorough consultation process and needs those living near the site to engage in the process.
Explains Fenlon Dunphy, director of Kuwaiti European Holding Ltd, the main financial backer of the project: “This is a rigorous process and one which has meant we have had to go the extra mile from day one.
“Consultation is key to the process.”
Although still to be confirmed, transport for the park revolves around a ‘corridor’ of dedicted roads leading from the A2, boosting links from Ebbsfleet International and harnessing transport down the Thames from London.
The consultation process will see public events take place at the following destinations:
British Legion Greenhithe
London Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9EJ
141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, DA11 8AD
Northfleet School for Girls
Hall Road, Northfleet, DA11 8AQ
Dartford Council Offices
Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1DR
Swanscombe Leisure Centre
Craylands Lane, Swanscombe, DA10 0LP
Hazlitt Arts Centre (The Exchange Studio)
Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PS
(Opposite Lower Winter Garden food court entrance)
Greenhithe, DA9 9ST
Thurrock Civic Hall
Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU
Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU
St Botolphs Church Hall
The Hill, Northfleet, DA11 9EU
Ebbsfleet United FC (ticket holders only)
Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, DA11 9GN
Dartford FC (ticket holders only)
Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1RT
Adds Fenlon Dunphy: “The feedback we received from the public events in the summer has been instrumental in shaping how we run our next stage of consultation.
“With events across numerous venues in the area in November, and further events planned next year, we hope to speak to as many local people as possible.
“We are delighted that we are now at a stage to share exciting information about the proposals and we hope local people can come along to see our emerging masterplan and share their views with the team.”
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