This doesn’t mean we are proposing to develop the whole site within those borders, but that we are bringing forward a planning application for that area. The proposed site offers superb direct access by road, river and rail to London and its transport hubs linking Ebbsfleet to the rest of the country and Europe.
We are working closely with Dartford Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County Council and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to bring forward a comprehensive masterplan for the Entertainment Resort.
We will make an application in 2018. Following the fourth stage of public consultation in summer 2015 we are addressing all the issues raised including carrying out further transport and environmental studies in the local area. We will be sharing our updated plans with the community at a further stage of public consultation.
Following submission, the Planning Inspectorate will seek views and carefully examine the application to advise the Government on whether or not it should go ahead.
WHAT IS A NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT?
The Entertainment Resort was the first ‘Business or Commercial Project’ to be accepted as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the UK Government under the Planning Act 2008. NSIPs are major infrastructure developments in England and Wales, such as power plants and major road projects, which are considered to be of national importance. From early 2014 the range of schemes capable of being classified as an NSIP has been expanded to include major leisure, sports stadia and business schemes if they are of sufficient scale and represent a substantial economic dividend (For more information, please visit the Planning Inspectorate website).