London Paramount to pay Gravesham council’s development costs
PUBLISHED: 11:10 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 October 2014
Costs include fact-finding trip to Florida
London Resorts Company Holdings have confirmed that they will pay the council’s costs in processing and exploring the development of the £2 billion London Paramount resort scheme so far.
Council leader John Burden told full council on September 30 that the company had agreed to pay all the costs incurred so far including the full cost of the fact-finding trip to see communities and large scale resorts in Orlando Florida. “The invoice is on its way as I speak,” he said.
The council accepted a report on the findings of the cross-party trip which raised issues of infrastructure, transport, jobs and effects – good and bad – on local communities around such major sites.
“We have seen both good and bad and we are determined to ensure that what Gravesham gets is all good,“ Cllr Burden said.
“I can assure the residents of the borough that no taxpayer’s money will be used to fund the visit which will help inform the debate going forward.”
The council is setting up a Stakeholders Forum involving councillors, businesses, charities and community groups under the chairmanship of the council leader. It will report to an executive committee to respond to the planning process.
The government has designated the project on Swanscombe Peninsula a Nationally Significant Strategic Infrastructure Project (NSIP). That means the Planning Inspectorate will consider the application on a “fast track” but Gravesham council, along with Dartford and Kent councils, will have a major role to play in the process.
The developers have predicted the park will create 27,000 jobs and attract millions of visitors to the 872-acre site.
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