A government decision over the use of land in Kent has cleared the way for the construction of a new Paramount theme park.
Last month, it was announced that the Swanscombe Peninsula would not be considered for a new crossing of the River Thames.
That decision has given promoters behind the Paramount Park the confidence to begin awarding construction contracts to building companies, according to the Kent Business magazine.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to the local council later this year, with the park scheduled to open in 2017.
The 872-acre site set to feature Europe’s largest indoor water park and previously released artist impressions show the park as featuring several rollercoasters.
With developers expecting the creation of 27,000 jobs, planning permission is widely expected to be obtained with relative ease.
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “It’s welcome news for local residents and for developers who are keen to make a significant investment in that area.
“Paramount is very keen to build a theme park on the Swanscombe Peninsula, which would generate significant jobs and revitalise the area. I am really pleased that the announcement will help to facilitate this.”