London Docklands Summary

For WJEC Geography B exam, a location of economic activity London Docklands.

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Rory
  • Created on: 15-06-12 18:02
Preview of London Docklands Summary

First 313 words of the document:

London Docklands ­ Summary
In the 1980s, Urban Development
Companies were set up with the aim to
regenerate inner city areas with large
amounts of derelict & unused by taking
over from the local authorities. UDCs
have a broad remit to:
secure the regeneration of a
defined area achieved by bringing
land and buildings into effective
encourage the development of existing and new industry and commerce
create an attractive environment
ensure housing and social facilities are available to encourage people to live
and work in the area.
The London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) was set up in
1981 as a response to the economic, environmental and social
problems of the area. The LDDC powers were limited:
It had powers to acquire land by agreement or compulsory purchase and, in
the case of the large amount of land in the public sector, there were powers
for it to be vested in the Corporation by the Secretary of State. This ensured
a supply of land for development.
It took over from the London Boroughs their planning (but not their plan
making) powers. This was response to the Government's perception that
the Boroughs had been too restrictive in exercising their development
control and other powers because their plans for the area were outmoded
and inappropriate.
It had powers, and the resources, to provide new (or refurbish the existing)
London Docks ­ Why did they go into
The docks were finally closed to shipping in 1969 and
sold to the borough of Tower Hamlets, which filled in
the western portion of the London Docks with the
unrealised intention of turning them into public
housing estates.

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

Increases in ship size meant that people found it quite difficult to come down the river
as far as the Isle of Dogs where the river wasn't as deep.
When containerisation started, this meant few dockers were needed with cranes to lift
containers from ships. The docks also went into decline because the decreased use
of portside industries and manufacturing.…read more

Page 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

The corporation invested £159 million in the provision of utilities notably drainage and
electricity supply. They also had more energy efficient approaches to electricity
supply.…read more

Page 4

Preview of page 4

Here's a taster:

The LDDC halted the filling in of the docks. They then refurbished them then opened
them up to the public 3.7 miles (6 km) of waterfront accessible in 1981, 31 miles (50
km) in 1998 with elegant footbridges. The Corporation wanted to provide and monitor
wildlife habitats. As well as habitats they wanted to create an attractive environment
with open spaces, public art and urban design. The LDDC embarked on an extensive
programme of repair and restoration.…read more

Page 5

Preview of page 5

Here's a taster:

With the growth in employment has come a doubling in the population. In 1981 the
population was 39,400, in 1998 83,000. The forecast population in 2001 is 98,500.
Overall Achievements 1998
THE Corporation was at work for 17 years. In its final Annual Report in 1998 it
headlined its achievements as follows:
£1.86 billion in public sector investment
£7.…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar Geography resources:

See all Geography resources »See all resources »