The beleaguered London Resort is facing yet another delay to full development consent, after the Planning Inspectorate delayed the instigation of its six month inquiry until April 2022.
The decision comes after the Resort postponed the submission of “updated and new material” to 18 February 2022, in turn forcing the Examining Authority (ExA) to push back proceedings.
“The ExA does not have a detailed understanding of the Applicant’s proposed consultations and updates,” said lead inspector Stuart Cowperthwaite in a letter published this month. “Having considered the information available to date, the ExA is minded not to decide on the date(s) of the preliminary meeting (PM) before it has seen the Applicant’s submissions.”
“Based on the above, the ExA anticipates that it will be unable to decide on the date(s) of the PM before March 2022 and that a PM is therefore unlikely to be held before April 2022.”
Commenting on the delay, communications director Andy Martin told Kent Online “it is only right that the necessary time is taken to work through what is a very complex and multifaceted project and we will continue to work with the Planning Inspectorate on turning our vision into reality.”
“Giving the UK its first, next-generation theme park and building it from scratch continues to be our goal and we are on-track to deliver it.”