Plans for £3.5bn theme park on Kent marsh dismay conservationists

London Resort planned for Swanscombe Peninsula despite site being home to rare species such as distinguished jumping spider

It is the unlikeliest of planning battles: a fight between the distinguished jumping spider and a rollercoaster judged to be “nationally significant infrastructure”.

Ambitious £3.5bn plans for the biggest theme park in Britain beside the Thames threaten what conservationists say is the best site in the country for rare invertebrates.

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