The UK is home to several theme parks, including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, but we don’t currently have anything quite like Disneyland here.
However, this could all change in a few years, as a planning application for a £3.5bn theme park resort to be built outside of London, in Kent, is being submitted to the government.
The application is being submitted today and features an impressive new piece of artwork shedding light onto what the theme park would really look like – and it features a closer look at some of the rides, reports the Daily Star.
If successful, the eco-friendly theme park would be the size of 136 stadiums when complete and by the looks of it, will boast rollercoasters, a castle, artificial mountains and a Union Jack-branded rotunda.
Much like Disneyland, the theme park will be split into themed “lands”.
They will consist of The Studios (inspired by Hollywood), The Woods (a fairytale realm), The Kingdom (full of swords and dragons), The Isles (mythical sea creatures), The Jungle (ancient ruins) and The Starport (a futuristic sci-fi zone).
If the development is approved, construction of the resort could begin in 2022, with a view to opening in 2024.
The planned location is currently an industrial site located near Gravesham, Dartford and Thurrock, spanning around 872 acres.
The Development Consent Order (DCO) also details the development of two theme park gates, a waterpark, conference and convention centre as well as an e-Sports facility.
More than 3,500 hotel rooms would be created and two ferry terminals will be built each side of the Thames, along with back-of-house facilities, a visitor centre and a new road from the A2.
Most of the materials required to construct the resort would be delivered by river.
The development also aims to be the first operationally carbon neutral theme park in the world.
The eco-friendly site would deliver a “net biodiversity gain” and create a green network of amenity areas and parkland to include areas of environmental enhancement and wildlife habitat creation beside the River Thames to benefit both resort guests and local residents.
If this weren’t enough, the application also contains independent research which predicts the development will generate £50 billion in gross economic activity (GVA) over an initial 25-year period.
It’s also expected to create more than 6,000 construction jobs and 48,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2038, including more than 17,000 resort employees.
The Government now has 28 days to consult local authorities and carry out an evaluation of the development proposal before giving their decision on it.
Kent County Council previously said it “is broadly supportive of the proposal”.
However, there has been some opposition from Wildlife group Buglife, who say the Kent marshes are home to thousands of species some of which are “of conservation concern”.
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