A theme park proposed to be constructed near Ebbsfleet in Kent has been deemed a “project of national significance” by the government, which offers the development a fast track through the planning process.

The proposed Paramount Pictures theme park, dubbed Paramount London, is planned to transform an 872-acre brownfield site on the Swanscombe peninsula into a space offering Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres, live music venues, cinemas, restaurants, event space and hotels.

The government has committed to building a new garden city of 15,000 homes at Ebbsfleet, and this attraction nearby, which is also projected to create around 27,000 jobs, could help attract buyers to the new homes. As a result, the Department for Communities and Local Government described the project as “important in driving growth in the economy” and recommended it was routed through the fast-track planning process, usually used for the construction of power stations of transport link upgrades.

London Resort Company Holdings, will submit its full planning application in April next year, with a fast-track planning decision taking around 15 months. The developers hope to complete the £2 billion project by 2018.

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