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The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) was created by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 to lead a major project of physical, social and economic regeneration in the East side of Dublin. The Project extended over 520 hectares, the core of which were former Dockland areas comprising some one hundred hectares of substantially derelict or low value industrial land. The various communities in the area outside this core comprised 17,500 people. Although there was a very strong and active sense of community, the area had severe economic and social problems. In particular, in 1997 unemployment was averaging 30% and only 35% of children were still attending school in the Leaving Certificate year.

The Docklands Project is radically changing the whole area, not only through major phases of mixed use property development but also by involving local people in the planning and by fostering and investing in educational and other social interventions. These interventions aim to develop social and economic capacity in order to ensure that the Area development is truly sustainable. Every five years, the Authority creates a Master Plan for the Dublin Docklands Area. The 1997 Master Plan outlines the strategy for the social, economic and physical regeneration of the Area. In 2002 the Docklands Authority commenced the first five year review and update of the Master Plan. The aim of the review was to ensure the Docklands Authority could meet its objectives in light of changing economic and social circumstances. This process is now again taking place and will lead to the 2008 Docklands Masterplan, which will focus on community issues.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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