In late 2013, the range of schemes that could be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) was expanded to include major leisure, sports stadia and business schemes that are of sufficient scale to be considered nationally significant.
The London Resort was the first such ‘Business or Commercial Project’ to be accepted as an NSIP by the UK Government under the Planning Act 2008. As such, we are making an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain permission to construct and operate the Project.
We’ve been listening
We have always been committed to ensuring that the London Resort works for the local community as well as visitors, so we ensured that we gathered widespread feedback from an early stage. Over 2014/15, we carried out extensive community consultations. We met with over 8,000 people at over 150 hours of public events. This enabled us to understand the views of stakeholders, influencing proposals from the outset. We have carefully analysed and considered all of this feedback.
What you said:
83% SUPPORTED OUR EMERGING MASTERPLAN
84% SUPPORTED OUR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT PROPOSALS
77% AGREED THAT THE LONDON RESORT WOULD PROVIDE LONG-TERM LOCAL BENEFITS
The most commented on topic was transport, with the biggest issue relating to traffic impacts, and impacts on the public transport network. Comments were also raised about environmental and community impacts, including noise, air quality, local ecology and wildlife.
We have carefully analysed and considered all of this feedback, which has helped to shape our vision for the London Resort. We have also taken into account changes to the area since 2015 and have been working with Highways England, local authorities, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and the Port of Tilbury to understand how their proposals and developments have progressed.
Taking the next step:
This, our fifth stage of consultation, is your opportunity to view and provide further comments on our proposals, before we finalise and submit our Development Consent Order (DCO) planning application in late 2020. We want to hear from the neighbours of the project, local communities, and other key stakeholders on our evolved Masterplan, our transport strategy, our approach to sustainability and on minimising adverse impacts of the scheme.