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8th January 2021

The London Resort, one of the most ambitious projects in Europe, has submitted its application to Government, detailing how the former industrial site in Swanscombe, Kent, will be transformed into one of the most exciting destinations in the world.

Potentially one of the largest single site employers in the UK, the London Resort would be transformational for the Thames Estuary region and would make a significant contribution to the UK economy including an estimated:

  • £50bn of gross economic activity (GVA) generated in the UK over the initial 25-year period
  • Over 6,000 construction jobs created;
  • 48,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs created by 2038, including 8,700 employees by 2024 rising to over 17,000 by 2038, directly employed by the Resort
  • Up to £200m in additional tax revenues directly created by 2038

Importantly, the London Resort plans to be the first operationally carbon neutral theme park, delivering a net biodiversity gain and creating a green network of amenity areas and parkland. This will include creating wildlife habitats beside the Thames for both local Estuary residents and Resort guests to enjoy.

Thames Estuary Envoy, Kate Willard OBE, said: “It is hard to overstate the impact the London Resort would have on the Thames Estuary region. From creating thousands of jobs, to enhancing green spaces in the area, this project would be truly transformational for the region and its residents.”

The London Resort will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris in 1992. If successful in securing development consent, construction could begin in 2022 with a view to opening in 2024. The Government has a period of 28 days in which to assess the application before accepting or rejecting the submission.