The CEO of the London Resort has said they have asked for a short extension and extra time to redevelop plans in the wake of environmental protests against the park.

In a tweet, the developers announced they will be taking time to review and ensure the Resort's 'golden standard' case for sustainability.

The news coincided with the release of images and plans for the park's dino-themed land, Base Camp, with details of new rides and attractions.

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The £5bn theme park is planned to be built across 535 acres on Swanscombe Marshes in north Kent, and developers insist sustainability will be key to the plans.

But due to the site's "rich diversity of wildlife," including the presence of a critically endangered jumping spider, the plans have come under fire from environmentalists.

In February, a group called the Save Swanscombe Marshes campaign issued a joint statement requesting that Natural England declare the site a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

And in March, Natural England delivered a blow to the London Resort, declaring the 'wildlife haven' a SSSI.

Now, in response, PY Gerbeau, the CEO of The London Resort Holdings Ltd, today 'announced the recommendation' to take time to review and ensure the Resort's 'gold standard' case for sustainability following the decision by Natural England.

“Working with the Planning Inspectorate, we have requested further time to prepare for the formal enquiry later this summer,” said Gerbeau.

“It is absolutely fundamental for us to be leaders in sustainability," continued.

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"We’ve already committed to spending around £150m on remediation, habitat enhancement and providing around 8 miles of footpaths and public rights of way."

"Since Natural England designated the area a SSSI earlier this year – it is right and proper that we take a short extension to revise our reports and ensure they address the issues raised.

"We are on track to create a beacon of world class entertainment and experiences within a world leading sustainable environment.

"And we're very excited to announce details of our progress with a new land, Base Camp."

The plans for Base Camp - a prehistoric nature reserve - include two rollercoasters, a large multi-media live stage show experience, an advanced simulator attraction, immersive fine dining and an “active dig site.”

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