Fenlon Dunphy, one of the key directors of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the developers behind London Paramount Entertainment Resort, has unexpectedly left the project.
One of the leading figures behind the project, Mr Dunphy played a central role in the consultation process for the £3.2 billion development on the Swanscombe peninsular, attending the majority of the consultation events which have taken place so far and carrying out a wide range of community engagement exercises for the development. It was expected that he would front a fifth stage of community consultations which are due to exhibit the latest masterplan for the entertainment resort and include some adjustments to the traffic plan for the site.
Mr Dunphy’s departure will be seen as a further blow to the multi-billion pound project which has already experienced a series of setbacks over the course of the last twelve months. The fifth stage of community consultation was originally due to take place early this year (2016), however it is now expected that this will take place early in 2017 – a delay of almost a year. Back in June this year it was confirmed that the submission of the application for the Development Consent Order for the project would also be delayed by twelve months with the application now expected to be submitted for examination mid-2017. As yet, it is not known if the proposed 2021 opening date will be affected. LRCH’s parent company, the Kuwaiti based KEHC (UK) Limited, also faced being struck off earlier this year after it failed to file its accounts on time, however the company has now submitted the required documents meaning the threat of action has now been withdrawn.
With the resignation of Mr Dunphy, the project now has three remaining directors – Chief Executive David Testa; Project Chairman Steven Norris; and Company Director Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi. Speaking about the departure of Fenlon Dunphy, a spokesperson for London Resort Company Holdings said:
“David Testa continues as CEO and remains the face of and the driver behind the entertainment resort.
“LRCH’s expert team of consultants appointed to support it in securing a planning application is also still the same”
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