Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has congratulated the backers of the £2.5billion London Resort theme park after its  application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

The proposed London Resort lies within the area of Ebbsfleet Garden City and will be made up of two theme parks covering an area of 465ha in Swanscombe.

The plans have been developed by London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH)

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will now carry out a detailed examination of the proposal before the government has the final say on the application.

Simon Dudley, the new chair of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said he congratulated LRCH Chief Executive PY Gerbeau for the progress made in a video call.

He said: “This is an excellent opportunity to work together as the London Resort lies within the Garden City and it is important that we seek to optimise the benefits that it can bring to the area.

“This is an opportunity for billions of pounds to be invested into the area creating significant number of jobs. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ensure the area benefits from a world class entertainment resort.”

PY Gerbeau said previously that the park will be “a beacon of world class entertainment and experiences within a world-leading sustainable environment.”

If granted permission, work is expected to start in 2022, with a view to the London Resort opening in 2024.

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