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An aerial view of the area covered by the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme.

An aerial view of the area covered by the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme.

An aerial view of the area covered by the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme.

Over 2,600 homes will be developed as part of a large scale planning scheme for the Dublin Docklands area.

Dublin City Council launched The North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock planning scheme yesterday, unveiling ambitious plans for the area.

The proposals mark the beginning of a new process of implementation of the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) scheme for the city, and a new era of investment and development in the area, according to the council.

Scale

Around 22 hectares are available for development in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock scheme, an area roughly equivalent in scale to the entire Custom House Docks and IFSC area.

Some 366,000 square metres of office space, as well as 2,600 homes will be developed on the land.

"The future of the Docklands is about more than construction. It's about growing new communities and supporting existing community networks," said Philip Maguire, Assistant Chief Executive in Dublin City Council (left).

"A key part of the future role of Dublin City Council as it takes over the mantle of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority is continuing and building on the community and social development agenda, and working to ensure that the Docklands area continues to develop as an exemplary model of good neighbourhoods and successful place making," he said.

The Docklands SDZ is recognised as an area which is of city, region and national economic and social importance, not least due to the pro-active role the most significant land holder, NAMA, will play in its delivery.

A new unit of the city council is now on the ground in Docklands working on plans.

fdillon@herald.ie


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