Docklands falls short on social infrastructure
Just 1pc of the regeneration of Dublin's Docklands has been set aside for the delivery of social infrastructure.
New figures from Dublin City Council (DCC), the planning authority for the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock Special Development Zone (SDZ), reveal that only 4,000 sq m has been set aside for social infrastructure - compared to 351,530 sq m afforded to commercial.
Despite the success of the IFSC/Docklands, there has been little social housing or investment in social infrastructure on the North side of the docks, home to high levels of economic and educational disadvantage.
The Docklands have proved critical to the economic recovery and the success of Nama, which manages some 75pc of the SDZ. "Dublin City Council has not done enough, as guarantor of the Docklands SDZ, to ensure that sufficient supply of residential and social infrastructure is delivered within the North Lotts," said Ray McAdam, Fine Gael councillor and chairman, Central Area Committee.
DCC, which could not provide a breakdown of community and residential amenities, said community levies under planning permissions granted in the SDZ will be invested in the Docklands area.
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