LONDON RESORT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED
SECTIONS 42, 47 AND 48 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 (“THE 2008 ACT”)
REGULATION 4, INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009 (“THE 2009 REGULATIONS”)
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION OF A STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION AND NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER FOR THE LONDON RESORT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that London Resort Company Holdings Ltd (“LRCH”) of 20 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6EQ intends to apply to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order (“DCO”) under section 37 of the 2008 Act to create a leisure and entertainment resort which will be located on land in and around the Swanscombe Peninsula and Tilbury and falls partly within the administrative boundaries of Dartford Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council and Thurrock Council (“the Development”).
Under section 47 of the 2008 Act, LRCH has a duty to consult the local community in accordance with a Statement of Community Consultation (“SoCC”), which sets out how LRCH will undertake its consultation. This notice publicises where and when the SoCC can be inspected, pursuant to section 47(6)(a).
Additionally, LRCH has a duty to publicise the proposed application under section 48 of the 2008 Act in line with Regulation 4 of the 2009 Regulations. In accordance with those provisions, this notice also summarises the main proposals and explains where the consultation documents can be viewed.
Summary of Proposed Works
The proposed DCO application is a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) under the 2008 Act and the application will be determined under that Act by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government or his successor. If the application is successful, the Secretary of State will grant the DCO in respect of the application.
The Development would create a leisure and entertainment resort (“the Resort”). Themed rides, shows and attractions will be inspired by globally recognised brands to create a unique, world-class entertainment destination. IP Partnerships include Paramount Studios, the British Broadcasting Corporation Worldwide, and ITV.
The Resort will include—
- the Leisure Core, comprising a range of events spaces, themed rides and attractions, entertainment venues, theatres and cinemas, developed in landscaped settings in two phases known as Gate One and Gate Two. The Gates will have entrance plazas offering ancillary retail, dining and entertainment facilities;
- four hotels providing family, upmarket, luxury and themed accommodation totalling up to 3,550 suites or ‘keys’. One or more of these hotels might be located within the leisure core. One hotel will incorporate a water park;
- a ‘Conferention’ Centre (i.e. combined conference and convention) with a floor area of up to 11,000 m2, capable of hosting a wide range of entertainment, sporting, exhibition and business events;
- a linked building hosting a range of eSports, video and computer gaming events , with a total floorspace of up to 16,500 m2;
- a ‘Back of House’ area accommodating many of the necessary supporting technical and logistical operations to enable the Resort to function, including security command and crisis centre, maintenance facilities, costuming, employee administration, employee welfare, medical facilities, offices and storage;
The Development would also include the following principal elements—
- land remediation works;
- terrain remodelling, landscape works and planting;
- car parks with an overall volume of 10,750 spaces;
- the A2 Highways Works comprising a signalised at-grade gyratory junction to replace two existing roundabouts at the A2(T) / B259 junction;
- a people mover and transport interchanges;
- a Resort access road of up to four lanes (i.e. up to two lanes in each direction);
- local transport links,
- river transport infrastructure on both sides of the Thames, including floating jetty and ferry terminals and the repair or replacement of White’s Jetty;
- utility compounds, plant and service infrastructure;
- flood defence and drainage works;
- habitat creation and enhancement and public access;
- security and safety provisions;
- data centres to support the Resort requirement; and
- up to 500 apartments for Resort workers, typically consisting of 4-6 bedrooms and shared kitchen and lounge facilities.
The proposed project is Environmental Impact Assessment development (“EIA development”), as defined by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. This means that the proposed works constitute development for which Environmental Impact Assessment is required. An Environmental Statement will therefore be submitted as part of the proposed application containing information about the environmental effects of the proposed development. Preliminary environmental information can be found in the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (“PEIR”), which forms part of the consultation material.
Details of the consultation documents (which include plans and maps) include—
- the SoCC
- Guide to Statutory Consultation document
- PEIR (including non-technical summary of the PEIR)
- Draft DCO and Explanatory Memorandum
- Draft Works Plans
- Draft Land Plans
- Feedback Form
- Feedback Reports (from previous consultations)
The consultation runs from Monday 27 July to Monday 21 September 2020 and during this period you can view and download the consultation documents via LRCH’s project website at www.londonresort.info. The SoCC will also be available to view on the project website from Monday 27 July 2020, and hard copies of it can be obtained on request via the email, telephone number and freepost addresses given at the end of this notice.
The law is being changed so that we do not need to facilitate physical inspection of documents and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to do so. However if health conditions permit, we may choose to place documents for inspection at physical locations. Check our website at www.londonresort.info for the latest information.
Public webinar events
You can also attend one of our public consultation webinar events, which we are holding on selected lunchtimes and evenings throughout the consultation period. Members of the project team will present proposals and will be happy to answer questions. Dates and times, and details of how to register for a webinar, will be published on our website and will be kept up-to-date throughout the consultation period. There will be a minimum of ten one-and-a-half-hour events during the consultation period.
Charges for purchasing hard copies
The full suite of printed consultation documents will be made available for purchase at the
cost of up to £300 plus postage. All document requests are limited to one per household
or organisation. Copies of the printed documents or of the free USB memory stick can be
obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by writing to FREEPOST LONDON RESORT
CONSULTATION, or by telephoning 0800 470 0043 Monday to Friday between 09:00 and
17:30 or Saturday between 11:00 and 14:00.
Comments on the proposals can be made in the following ways—
- Online: complete or download the Feedback Form at the project website www.londonresort.info;
- By email or post: completed Feedback Forms, and any other comments, can be emailed to email@example.com or returned by post to FREEPOST LONDON RESORT CONSULTATION.
COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 23:59 ON MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2020.
Responses should state the ground of representation, the nature of your interest in the proposed project, indicate who is making it, and provide an address to which any correspondence relating to the representation may be sent.
Personal information that is supplied to LRCH in response to this consultation will be treated confidentially and processed and handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information may be disclosed to or shared with LRCH’s connected companies, agents, contractors and advisors who provide services to LRCH in connection with the preparation of an application for development consent under the 2008 Act. This will allow LRCH to fully consider the responses and use them in the preparation of application materials. Upon submission of LRCH’s application for development consent under the 2008 Act or in connection with any related applications by LRCH for consents or licences, the Secretary of State may require LRCH to supply copies of all consultation responses received. If a request is made, LRCH is under a legal obligation to supply such copies. By submitting a consultation response to LRCH, a respondent agrees that we may supply a copy of their response to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate if required to do so. How to contact us:
If you have any questions about this consultation please contact the project team by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: write to us at FREEPOST LONDON RESORT CONSULTATION
- Telephone: 0800 470 0043 Monday to Friday 09:00–17:30 and Saturday 11:00–14:00
23 July 2020