Bexley council receive update on Paramount Park project
PUBLISHED: 14:01 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:01 14 November 2014
The £2 billion resort is expected to break ground early in 2016
The leader of the Bexley Council, Teresa O’Neill and her cabinet colleague, Linda Bailey, have been brought up to date on progress with plans for the London Paramount Entertainment Resort.
Construction of the £2 billion resort on an 872 acre site on the Swanscombe Peninsula is expected to start in the final quarter of 2016.
Jeremy Kite, the leader of Dartford Borough Council, hosted the meeting at Dartford Civic Centre on November 7.
Cllr O’Neill said after the briefing: “The Paramount Resort could sustain as many as 27,000 new jobs and will be good news for Bexley, as well as for Dartford. It will create jobs and attract millions of new visitors to the area, which will stimulate growth across a wide area.”
David Testa, director of the London Paramount project, briefed Cllr O’Neill and Cllr Bailey on the project. He is holding a series of public consultation events about the project at the Civic Centre.
It has been said that the project will generate a number of local and national benefits. These may including bringing up to 15 million visitors to the south east of England each year, generating 27,000 local jobs and supplier opportunities and creating a new centre for UK innovation and the creative economy.
Paramount London has received Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project status, which means that planning permission is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.
Exhibitions on the plans for the Resort were held in Swanscombe, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Northfleet, Maidstone and Thurrock this summer. The resort is projected to open in 2020. A planning application will be submitted next year.