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Disney-style resort planned for Kent

A new £2 billion Disney-style resort has been earmarked for construction in the Kent countryside at a 872-acre brownfield site in Swanscombe Peninsula.

Set to include a Paramount-licensed resort, the project could get underway in the coming months if planning permission is secured.

It aims to become one of the leading entertainment and holiday resorts in Europe, with the Ebbsfleet site just 17 minutes from London and within two-hours of Paris via the Channel Tunnel, meaning visitors from both the UK and overseas could be attracted to this exciting new venture.

Tony Sefton, project leader for the development company London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), said: "We are at the start of a long journey, but have been encouraged by the support and buy-in we have had to date. We are particularly pleased with the appetite we are seeing from investors, who consider this a compelling investment proposition."

He added: "Our vision is to create a world-class entertainment destination, the first of its kind in the UK."

The new development will be twice the size of the Olympic Park in London, featuring Europe's largest indoor water park, theatres, a number of live music venues, cinemas, restaurants and entertainment areas.

If given the go-ahead, the developers aim to have the new facility fully up and running and open to the public by 2018.

Meanwhile, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) announced last month that an historic agreement has been signed between the local authorities of Kent and Medway.

The deal will see each of the local authorities using land previously owned by the South East England Regional Development Agency for the provision of new homes in the coming years.

Terry Fuller, executive director at the HCA, said: "This partnership signals our commitment to using our assets to boost the Kent and Medway economy." 

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