Hollywood film giant Paramount has unveiled plans for a new £2billion theme park in Britain to rival Disneyland Paris.
The proposed development would create up to 27,000 jobs and transform an 872-acre brownfield site in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent.
The 'world-class' venue will feature Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels and, if given the green light, will be twice the size of Olympic Park in East London.
Attraction: Developers have unveiled plans to build one of the biggest theme parks in the world in Britain. The £2bn, 872-acre entertainment complex will create 27,000 jobs
Potential: The proposed site for the theme park is currently an overgrown wasteland
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The ambitious resort will be located in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent, currently a brownfield site
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The site is on the doorstep of Ebbsfleet International railway station, which is 17 minutes from London and two hours from Paris.
Tony Sefton, project leader for the development company London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), said the plans were Britain’s biggest post-Olympic project and will take six years to build.
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'Our vision is to create a world-class entertainment destination, the first of its kind in the UK,' he 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.
'Over the next 12-18 months we will be progressing the planning application, while embarking on a wide-reaching programme of community consultation, while securing further commercial agreements with third parties.
'Our timetable for delivery, including the planning application process and construction timetable, is geared towards completion and opening in 2018.'
LRCH has signed an agreement with Paramount Licensing Inc, the licensing division of Paramount Pictures, to give exclusive UK licensing for a Paramount entertainment resort at the heart of the site.
LRCH is also in negotiations with a range of major British brands to sign licensing agreements.
Dartford and Gravesham Borough Councils have both offered support for the project.
In a joint statement, Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, and John Burden, leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: 'This development represents a tremendous economic growth opportunity for the region.'
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There were previously six Paramount theme parks in the United States but these were all sold-off and re-branded during a company re-shuffle in 2006.
Today, they are operated without the Paramount backing but in their heyday, rides on offer included Tomb Raider: The Ride and The Italian Job: Stunt Tracks.
Another Paramount theme is set to open in Murcia, Spain, in 2015 and company chiefs predict it will draw in three million visitors to the area every year.
One of the main attractions in the pipeline is Titanic 4D, which will use state-of-the-art special effects to give guests a taste of the iconic vessel.
Meanwhile a 4D Mission: Impossible ride will take visitors through action scenes in a military-style vehicle.
Social media was abuzz with when the news was announced.
Teenager Abbie Brett tweeted: 'A theme park up the road... please can this happen', while student Matthew Partridge said: 'If it happens it will be brilliant for Kent '.
Tweeter Jonny, a 23-year-old living in Newcastle, said: ''Used to live right beside here. Do it!'
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Source : DailyMail