OFFICIAL plans for a new £5billion mega-theme park just 20 minutes from Grays have now been submitted.

The London Resort, a £5billion theme park project planned for north Kent, has submitted its application to the Government.

A document containing over 25,000 reports, assessments and analysis has been sent in, and details how the largely brownfield former-industrial site off Swanscombe Marshes will be transformed into a world-leading destination.

New images have also been released by the theme park showing the remarkable attraction’s buildings, rides and rollercoasters.

Billed as one of the most ambitious construction projects in Europe ever and as UK’s answer to Disneyland, the park will be three times larger than any other park in the UK when complete.

Twin theme parks will be built across 535 acres, with first planned to open in 2024 and the second in 2029.

The London Resort will also be one of the UK’s largest single site employers, and could contribute up to £50billion of economic activity in the wider area. It is also aiming to be one of the most sustainable, global destinations in the world, and could even run carbon neutrally. 

Chief Executive PY Gerbeau marked the occasion by saying: “I arrived at this project 18 months ago and it has been non-stop. We have revived, reviewed, and reprogrammed the entire venture.  This will be so much more than just a theme park.

“We have built excellent relationships with many stakeholders and are working closely with the elected local council leaders. This has been an incredibly challenging journey and we look forward to working with the UK Government over the next 12 months.”

The application confirms the intent to develop two theme park gates, a water park, conference and convention centre and e-Sports facility.

More than 3,500 hotel rooms will be created and two ferry terminals – one each side of the River Thames – will be built, along with back-of-house facilities, a visitor centre and a new road.

The majority of the materials required to construct the resort will be delivered by river.