Wednesday 21 January 2009

Masterplan vision for docklands area

THE Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) plans to build new homes, offices and community facilities on the Poolbeg peninsula over the next five years despite the economic downturn.

A masterplan outlining the authority's vision for the next 10 years pledged yesterday to put in place a high frequency bus service to serve the area called a Docklands Rapid Transit (DRT) system and described it as a "world class transport system".

And it says that development of Poolbeg would require a Luas or similar system and that it intended to build new bridges across the River Liffey which would also help deliver a dedicated cycle-lane from Sutton to Sandycove.

Developers will be obliged to provide schemes with a "community gain", and 20pc of all new homes built will be social and affordable units. The plan also includes a requirement that local people be employed on building projects and in new businesses.

Meanwhile, the directors of the board of the DDDA will be asked to appear before a Dail committee in relation to a High Court ruling on a case involving developers Liam Carroll and Sean Dunne.

Paul Melia
Irish Independent

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