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Lower Thames Crossing: what might be the final consultation begins tomorrow

Lower Thames Crossing: what might be the final consultation begins tomorrow

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Lower Thames Crossing. Consultations. We’ve been here before, right? Well, yes, the build-up to the potential building of the new road does seem to have been around a long time, but the next consultation is, we suspect, likely to be the last before National Highways resubmits its plans. The Local Refinement Consultation begins tomorrow (Thursday, […] Read more >

London Resort plans withdrawn…

London Resort plans withdrawn…

Monday 4 April 2022

“…and for this relief, much thanks”, as Shakespeare might have said. The plans for a ‘world-class’ theme park on the post-industrial landscape of the Swanscombe peninsula have been withdrawn, just before the formal public examination was due to begin. For a whole decade the proposals have been discussed and amended and discussed again, but it […] Read more >

Brilliant news! BBC Studios and ITV Studios pull support for Swanscombe theme park

Brilliant news! BBC Studios and ITV Studios pull support for Swanscombe theme park

Monday 28 February 2022

Our friends at CPRE Kent are among a coalition of charities to welcome the decision by BBC Studios and ITV Studios to withdraw their support for a proposed theme park in north Kent that would have a devastating impact on a nationally important wildlife site. We are now calling on Paramount Entertainment to similarly publicly […] Read more >

At last, the meeting to get examination of London Resort under way has a date

At last, the meeting to get examination of London Resort under way has a date

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Whisper it quietly (or not), but we are finally seeing progress with examination of the proposed London Resort theme park at Swanscombe. After delays and uncertainty caused by developer LRCH asking for more time to address both transport issues and the peninsula’s designation as a Site of Scientific Interest – together with its failure to […] Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: learn the latest about the scheme at four drop-in events

Lower Thames Crossing: learn the latest about the scheme at four drop-in events

Friday 11 February 2022

In one of our longer-running sagas, National Highways (formerly Highways England) has announced four Lower Thames Crossing drop-in events at which visitors can learn about project updates and ask any questions they have. We are told there will be information about proposed routes for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, along with news of how the government […] Read more >

Time to ditch London Resort: wildlife charities call for withdrawal of theme park application after Swanscombe wins special protection status

Time to ditch London Resort: wildlife charities call for withdrawal of theme park application after Swanscombe wins special protection status

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Wildlife charities are calling for the withdrawal of the London Resort theme park planning application that would destroy a nationally important wildlife site in north Kent, after the site was awarded special conservation protection today (Wednesday, November 10). Swanscombe Marshes, which sits on the bank of the River Thames, has now received confirmation of official […] Read more >

Swanscombe: will Natural England confirm SSSI status?

Swanscombe: will Natural England confirm SSSI status?

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Today (Wednesday, November 10) Natural England decides on the SSSI designation for Swanscombe peninsula, the biodiverse haven in north Kent under threat from the London Resort theme park. CPRE believes the UK must demonstrate the right approach at home as we host COP26. This is our chance to protect and restore habitats, creating wildlife-rich, climate-resilient […] Read more >

London Resort examination will not begin before January 2022

London Resort examination will not begin before January 2022

Tuesday 24 August 2021

The proposed London Resort theme park has largely disappeared from the radar in recent months, so it is timely to give an update on proceedings. The plans for the country’s largest theme park, which CPRE Kent views as highly damaging to our natural environment, are targeted at the Swanscombe peninsula between Greenhithe and Northfleet. In […] Read more >

Lower Thames Crossing: Community Impacts Consultation begins this month

Lower Thames Crossing: Community Impacts Consultation begins this month

Monday 5 July 2021

The next round of public consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing begins on Wednesday, July 14, and runs for eight weeks until Wednesday, September 8. Highways England says: “This Community Impacts Consultation will give people the opportunity to review and comment on our plans to build and operate the Lower Thames Crossing, and how we […] Read more >

High Court challenge puts Lower Thames Crossing in the spotlight

High Court challenge puts Lower Thames Crossing in the spotlight

Thursday 1 July 2021

The future of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing was highlighted this week (Tuesday and Wednesday, June 29-30) when a legal challenge against the government’s roadbuilding programme was heard in the High Court. The challenge was brought by the Transport Action Network and targeted the Department for Transport’s £27.4 billion roadbuilding scheme (labelled Road Investment Strategy […] Read more >