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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Paramount Shelves Plans For London Theme Park

Plans to build a £3.5 billion Paramount Entertainment Resort in Dartford in Kent have been scrapped as developers and the film company part ways.

Developers have today announced a shock split from Paramount but still hope to submit plans by the end of this year.

Dubbed "London Paramount", the Universal Studios-style park was expected to have 50 rides and attractions inspired by some of the Hollywood favourites from the film company, including Transformers and Mission Impossible, as well as rides and attractions inspired by popular BBC and Aardman Animations properties, housed in zones such as Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, Cartoon Circus, Starfleet Command, Action Square, Port Paramount and Entertainment City. In addition to the rides, the park was to include a 2,000 seat theatre with regular West End quality shows, 11,000 sq m of exhibition space showcasing the best of British inventions and brands, along with over 11,000 restaurant covers in a variety of food outlets.

However, London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), who is leading the development, has said they are still working with local authorities and land owners to get the plans through public consultation.

Humphrey Percy, CEO of LRCH, said: "We want to express our sincere thanks to the many members of the Paramount team who have worked with us since we took over the Project in August 2013.

"This announcement does not have an effect on the timing of our planned Development Consent Order (DCO) submission in November 2017.

"We are working closely with the local authorities, landowners and local community, as well as our other stakeholders, and we very much look forward to showing our plans to the public as part of our final stage of consultation prior to submitting later this year."

"We are creating a unique entertainment destination offering a scale and quality unprecedented in the UK where much loved characters and stories will be brought to life from iconic movies, television, books,electronic gaming and toys."

It is believed the park will create 33,000 jobs in the North Kent area and will take up 110 acres of land on an old landfill site in Swanscombe Peninsula.

However, although plans for Disneyland-style theme park have fallen through, the planned resort popped recently up on Google Maps in North Kent under its proposed name, "London Paramount".

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Sources: Kent Live, Cambridge News.
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