‘Disney-style’ theme park to create 27,000 jobs

Thousands of hospitality jobs could be created thanks to plans to build a Paramount Pictures-themed amusement park in Kent that would be on a similar scale to Disneyland Paris.

The £2 billion development is being spearheaded by a consortium of companies operating under the name of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH).

They have already signed a licensing deal with Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures to develop the 872-acre site, situated on brownfield land on the Swanscombe Peninsula, between Dartford and Gravesend.

Tony Sefton, project leader for LRCH, said: "Our vision is to create a world class entertainment destination, the first of its kind in the UK.

"We are at the start of a long journey, but have been encouraged by the support and buy-in we have had to date."

Plans for the development include the building of Europe’s largest indoor water park, as well as roller coasters, theatres, live music venues, cinemas, several restaurants and hotels.

Altogether, it is expected that the development of the theme park will create around 27,000 jobs, many of which are likely to include hotel jobs, bar work and other roles in the hospitality sectors.

In a joint statement, Jeremy Kite and John Burden, the leaders of Dartford and Gravesham Borough Councils respectively, said: "This development represents a tremendous economic growth opportunity for the region. 

"We have been impressed by LRCH’s commitment to integrating the development with the local community, recognising the many economic and social benefits it promises to deliver."

With the site located close to three major roads as well as Ebbsfleet International station and the High Speed One train link, it is hoped the theme park will be in easy reach of many in the UK as well as visitors from overseas.

Mr Sefton added that the next 18 months will see the consortium progress the planning application for the development, with a provisional opening date of 2018 planned.

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