The owner of the new theme park dubbed the “Disneyland of the UK” has said works will get underway next year – despite delays and local protests.
The £2.5 billion project was first announced in 2012, with hopes to open in 2019.
However, this has been delayed due to the pandemic, disagreements with locals and wildlife protection laws.
Last month, part of the area was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to several rare species in the area.
However, London Resort boss Py Gerbeau has confirmed that works will begin at the park next year, with plans to remain open in 2024.
He said there would be no “material change” to the amusement park construction bid, according to Kent online, with “subtle” design changes to protect the lands near the resort.
He also said he is working with the government to reduce the influence on the region, to find “common ground”.
“We remain committed to providing the verifier with new and up-to-date documents as promised,” Gerbeaud said.
“We can also confirm, as previously indicated, that we will resolve all issues regarding time-dependent information being fully up-to-date and will, as a normal process, usually in any audit, will add additional information to our report.”
Last month, he also said: “For all those protesting and those not expecting, The London Resort is going ahead, as planned.”
The 535-acre site, located between Gravesend and Dartford, will be the largest all-new theme park investment in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.
In partnership with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount, the theme park will be divided into six different themed lands, along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping mall.
This includes The Studios, a warehouse complex with blockbuster movies, fairy tale land The Woods, and King Arthur-themed The Kingdom.
There will also be a futuristic land and a Jungle themed land.
Earlier this year, they revealed plans for one of the lands that would be dedicated to dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures.
Called Base Camp, will feature two roller coasters, one of which will be the fastest in Europe reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph.
The second roller coaster ride will be a family-friendly ride, with a much more relaxed experience, while the evening ride will use technology to show guests how to interact with dinosaurs while on a mission science service.
Also at the property will be a live stage experience for 1,500 people and an “active digging site” where guests can try paleontology by digging for dinosaur fossils, as well as climbing wall and zip cord.
The London Resort will eventually be a two-park resort, with a second park slated for 2029.
When completed, it will be three times the size of any other park in the UK and span over 535 acres, the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadium.
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