London Docklands Developement Corporation

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  • Created on: 05-03-14 14:27

Causes and Consequence of the Decline


  • improvements in technology, largers ships and containerisation led to the closure of the docks and huge job losses in the area


  • unemployment
  • urgent housing repairs needed
  • poor transport
  • lack of basic services, amenities and open space
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Environment Regeneration

  • 760ha of derelict land reclaimed
  • 150ha of openspace created
  • 200,000 trees planted
  • 17 conservation areas set up
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Economic Regeneration

Improved Transport - central London could be reached in 10minutes, 29km of light railway, Jubilee Line Underground network extension

Employment - financial and high-tec firms were attracted to the low rates (The stock exchange for example) -> Unemployment fell from 14.2% to 7.4%

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Social Regeneration

  • 22,000 homes were built (many were luxury flats) and 10,000 local authority homes were refurbished - Newham council focused on low-cost, affordable housing projects -> the resident population doubled form 39,400 to 85,300
  • New Services - shopping centres, sports centres, University of East London Campus, Marina for watersports and numerous parks
  • £100 million spent on health, education, job training and community programmes
  • West Silverton Village is a self contained community of 5000 people
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Groups Involved

  • Local Housing Associations - obtained house improvment grants
  • Newham Council - built low-cost housing, upgraded older properties and improved local services
  • LDDC - responsible for planning and regeneration of the dockland
  • National Government - created the Isle of Dogs Enterprise Zone -> reduced rates, gave financial help, enocuraging private investment  - especially transport nfrastructure
  • Propert Developers - built large office blocks such as Canary Wharf
  • conservation groups- planted trees and used other schemes to improve the environment
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  • Locals couldn't affrd the expensive flats
  • shortage of low cost housing
  • jobs in high tech firms were few in number and required skills not held by former dockers
  • newcomers and original esidents rarely mix
  • close-knit community was broken up
  • not enough services such as Hospitals and Care for the elderly was provided in an ageing and growing population
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