London Resorts granted review delay

London resorts granted review delay
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Will we ever see London Resorts’ long awaited theme park down in the south east? Already long in the planning, and now even longer in the execution, the £5 billion economy driving project has literally stuttered and shunted its way to another delay, most of which outside of its control.

 

The latest came last week, albeit at the organisation’s own request with the Planning Inspectorate granting a four-month delay prior to formal review, after its Swanscombe Marshes site was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England.

London Resort Holdings Ltd announced that it would request a delay last month, appeal board now agreeing to the hiatus despite it being longer than is “normally expected.”

“Working with the Planning Inspectorate, we have requested further time to prepare for the formal enquiry later this summer,” said London Resort Holdings CEO PY Gerbeau.

“It is absolutely fundamental for us to be leaders in sustainability, and we want to take time to review and ensure the project’s ‘gold standard’ case for sustainability.”

The Planning Inspectorate confirmed the delay last week, with a spokesperson stating the organisation would “not normally agree to postpone the start of an examination for longer than three months,” but that pushing back the government review will ensure “fair process.”

“We’ve already committed to spending around £150m on remediation, habitat enhancement and providing around eight miles of footpaths and public rights of way,” added Gerbeau.

“Since Natural England designated the area a SSSI earlier this year – it is right and proper that we take a short extension to revise our reports and ensure they address the issues raised.”


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