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Rare jumping spiders will not derail £2bn Paramount Swanscombe theme park

PUBLISHED: 16:39 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 08 April 2013

The discovery of rare jumping spiders will not affect plans for a £2billion theme park on the Swanscombe peninsula, says the leader of Gravesham council John Burden.

Film giant Paramount has set its sights on developing the 872-acre brownfield site into an attraction twice the size of the Olympic Park to rival Disney.

But the location is one of only two that the arachnids live in the UK- the other being across the river on the West Thurrock marshes.

Cllr Burden said: “Our planners have been aware of the existence of these spiders for some time and raised the issue with the developers more than a year ago in order for it to be incorporated in the overall bio-diversity plans for the site and, in particular, with a view to including the habitat in the country park envisaged for part of this massive site.

“The developer has always approached the issue of bio-diversity and wildlife concerns in a mature and enlightened way as we are confident that London Resort Company Holdings will resolve this issue satisfactorily. There is absolutely no question that the scheme has been derailed as has been reported.”

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