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A chronologial list of the key events in the life of the LDDC.
More details of most of the events can be obtained from the LDDC's Press Releases many of which are available on this site either on this page or via the Popular Press Releases page. Those not published online can be obtained (up to six) by e-mail or by post on a CD [More Details of how to obtain CD]
=> Local Government
Planning and Land Act 1980 (LGPLA 1980) authorises Secretary of State for the Environment to establish Urban Development Corporations (UDCs)
January-July => Shadow
staff settle into former Fred Olsen Line offices on the east side of the
Millwall Dock - the office is renamed "West India House"..
2nd July => The LDDC
comes into being, the second UDC to be set up under the LGPLA 1980 (the
first was Merseyside Development Corporation). The LDDC's area embraces
5100 acres of three Lodnon Boroughs
December => First LDDC private housing scheme - for 610 homes at Savage Gardens, Beckton - is given planning permission.
January => Billingsgate Fish market moves to new premises on the Isle of Dogs
March => Bids accepted for the first LDDC private housing sites in Surrey Docks - 480 homes
March => LDDC now has 69 members of staff
Enterprise Zone of 482 acres is established in the Isle of Dogs [Press Release]
May => Arrangements announced for the funding of community schemes [Press Release]
June => Dash 7 aircraft lands on
Heron Wharf on the Isle of Dogs to prove the concept of the suggested
airport in the Royal Docks.
August => Airport Feasibility Study published
September => Work begins on the first Enterprise Zone roads on the Isle of Dogs
October => Go ahead given for the Docklands Light Railway - detailed planning gets under way
December => Remaining 62 acres
of LDDC land in the Enterprise Zone put on the market
January => LDDC appoints first Community Liaison Officer
February => Development Strategy Future for Wapping published
March => House of Lords supports order vesting in LDDC 140 acres of the former Surrey Docks - so-called the "Southwark Site" [More Details] .
May => Northern and Shell publishing group start work on their new HQ in the Enterprise Zone
June => Public inquiry into airport
July => Daily Telegraph signs contract for new print works in Docklands (News International already established in Wapping)
August => Government approves £77m funding for the Docklands Light Railway
September => Princess Alexandra formally opens Enterprise Zone ("red-brick" ) roads and ASDA superstores at Beckton and on the Isle of Dogs.
November => LDDC acquires from PLA
land and waters in the Royal Victoria Dock.
December => LDDC Chairman Sir Nigel Broackes announces he is to stand down in July 1984.
January => Docklands Clipper bus service starts linking Isle of Dogs with Mile End.
February => Heron Wharf on the Isle of Dogs sold to Tarmac Brookglade for development
May => LDDC awards Cherry Garden Pier housing site in Southwark to Lovell Farrow
June => LDDC hosts USSR v Rest of the World Chess Tournament in first ever satellite match
July => Sir Christopher Benson takes over as LDDC Chairman.
September => Work starts on the original Docklands Light Railway
November => Work starts on the infrastructure for the Southwark Site
January => LDDC publishes draft development Framework for the Royal Docks
February => The Guardian announces plans for printing works on the Isle of Dogs
June => Airport proposal approved by Government after inquiry and High Court challenge
September => Parliament asked
to approve £50m extension of Docklands
Light Railway to Beckton.
October => LDDC Board approves £1.5bn Master Plan for Canary Wharf submitted by consortium of American banks. Work starts on negotiating the Master Building agreement.
January => First contracts let for new £30m Royal drainage system.
January/February =>LDDC compulsorily acquires 746 acres of land in the Royal Docks and Lea Valley Estuary. Other land acquired by agreement
LDDC announces meetings of its Planning Committee will now be held in
April => Bill approved to extend Docklands Light Railway to Bank
May => Prince Charles lays Foundation Stone at London City Airport
June => LDDC unveils its strategic highways programme
July => Further construction
work on Royal drainage system commissioned.
September => Mail Newspapers start work on printing works in Surrey Docks (later known as Harmsworth Quay)
January => Work begins on Tidal Basin Pumping station
March => Social Facilities Programmes Unit (SFPU) set up in LDDC to provide greater focus to the social and community, education, training, health, welfare, tourism, arts, leisure and watersports aspects of the Corporation's work. Later superseded by the Community Services Division
May => LDDC Board approves negotiations with three consortia for major developments in the Royal Docks (all of which foundered in the subsequent recesssion in the property market):
~ Rosehaugh Stanhope for the north side of the Royal
Albert Dock and Albert Basin,
=> Skillnet, LDDC sponsored
youth training scheme, launched.
September => LDDC and Newham sign Memorandum of Agreementsecuring package of social, community and housing benefits
October => First Flights from London
March => Michael
Honey appointed as LDDC's Chief Executive. [Press Release abouot appointment]
June => LDDC and Towers Hamlet sign Accord which secure significant benefits for residents and clears the way for major road and rail projects [Press Release about signing].
October => Chairman Sir Christopher
Benson retires and is replaced by David Hardy.
December => LDDC agrees contribution
towards the cost of extending the Gill Street Health Centre in Limehouse
- part of an LDDC programme to provide to whole of its area with new or
refurbished .primary healthcare centres.
March => LDDC agrees to buy private housing development at Timber Wharves on the Isle of Dogs as replacement housing for tenants displaced by the Limehouse Link. Other sites at Devons Road, Bow and Roy Square, Limehouse are acquired later.
June => Public Accounts Committee report on UDCs recognises LDDC's achievements in restoring confidence and attracting investment to Docklands.[Press Release about PAC Report]
August => Major increase in LDDC expenditure
on social and community, education and training and housing programmes
announced, including £20.5million for social housing at Winsor Park,
September => Docklands Computer Aided Learning Project launched for Docklands schools in Southwark and Tower Hamlets with £2.2m allocated over two years.
November =>Prime Minister, Margaret
Thatcher, launches work on the construction of the Limehouse
December =>Contract awarded for £116m Beckton Extension of Docklands Light Railway. Construction starts the following month.
February => New £24m Connaught Crossing opened in the Royal Docks
March => LDDC sells site for large new social housing scheme at Winsor Park
April => Royal Docks Spine Road (Royal Albert Way) opened to traffic linking Royal Docks Road with the new Connaught Crossing.
May => Work on the widening of North Woolwich Road completed thus completing the strategic highways for the Royal Docks.
June =>Plans for Rosehaugh Stanhope development on the north side of the Royal Albert Dock and Albert Basin are hit by recession and abandoned
November => Canary Wharf Eastern
Access Road (Trafalgar Way) completed
December => Re housing of 500 families for the Limehouse Link completed. [Press Release]
January => Work starts on Bacons
City Technology College in the Surrey Docks - the new secondary school
is co-sponsored by the LDDC. LDDC sets up community legal service
May => Basic Skills Support Team launched
with LDDC funding.
Michael Portillo opens LDDC supported Docklands ITEC computer training
Bank Extension of the DLR (£282m) completed.
November => Control of DLR transferred
from LRT to LDDC [Press Release about transfer].
December => Lower Lea Crossing (£43m) completed providing a direct link between the Isle of Dogs and the Royal Docks
January => Formal celebration of the extended and refurbished health centre at Gill Street, Limehouse [More Details about celebration]
New LDDC development framework published for the Royal Docks.
Michael Pickard takes over as LDDC Chairman.
April => The Docklands Enterprise
May => Canary Wharf developer is put into administration following slump in UK property market - creditor banks take control [More Details]
June => Action plan announced for 26 historic buildings in Docklands which are at risk
July => Work starts on new £11m sewer for the Isle of Dogs
October => LDDC Visitor Centre re-launched in Limeharbour
December => Formal opening of
new community centre for Winsor Park Estate at Beckton - co-funded by
The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 is passed to make it easier for UDCs to withdraw from their areas by stages
January => Docklands Social Services Study published
March => London Borough of Tower Hamlets announces its HQ is to move to East India Dock
June => LDDC abandons abortive scheme for the Londondome Arena on the north side of the Royal Victoria Dock and launches new plan for Exhibition Centre. [More Details about new plan]
October => Canary Wharf taken out of administration
December => The first man-made nesting rafts are installed in the docks to attract rare species of birds to the area.
January => Prime Minister John
Major inaugurates work on the £2.6bn Jubilee Line Extension.
May => LDDC agrees £7.2m contribution towards the cost of Olympic standard Rowing Course in the Royal Albert Dock
August => Wimpey Homes chosen as developer of Phase 1 of the urban village in West Silvertown [More Details about choice]
October =>LDDC withdraws from Bermondsey Riverside
December => LDDC launches social care grants scheme
January => Work starts on North
Woolwich Pumping Station - completed early 1997.
May => Island Health Centreopens on the Isle of Dogs
August => LDDC
. sells 28 acres of land in urban village at West Silvertown to Wimpey Homes
September => LDDC endows newly established Royal Docks Trust (London) with £1.2m to secure the community grants programme in Beckton into the future
December =>LDDC withdraws from Beckton.
February => IRA Bomb kills two people and severely damages 6 buildings at South Quay as well as the DLR and Marsh Wall.
Formal opening of new footbridge over Limekiln Dock in Limehouse - this
completes the Docklands section of the Thames Path.
May => Newly refurbished Health Centre at Kennard Street North Woolwich is opened
August => Norton Healthcare
announce proposed purchase of site in the Royal Docks for its European
September => CCTV security cordon installed on the Isle of Dogs
October => Construction work
starts on the Lewisham Extension of the Docklands
December => LDDC withdraws from the
January => LDDC withdraws from Wapping and Limehouse
February => Work starts on the Thames Barrier Park
Roger Squire and Neil Spence appointed Joint Chief Executives following departure of Eric Sorensen
to the Millennium Commission [Press Release about apoitment]
May => Footbridge opened linking South Quay to Canary Wharf
September => LDDC transfer Business Park at Cody Road to London Borough of Newham - the site was acquired in 1983 for the relocation on industrial enterprises in the docks,
October => LDDC donates to £2.248m
to the Isle of Dogs Community
Foundation for projects in Millwall Park and to help meet ongoing
January => New footbridge linking
St James Gardens with Limehouse, across the northern approach of
the Rotherhithe Tunnel and landing on the Western Services building of
the Limehouse Link tunnel.
February => LDDC approves application by London City Airport to double to limit on the annual number of flights to 73,000. The application is sent to the Government for endorsement. [Press Release about application]
March => Formal launch of construction work on the Docklands Campus of the University of East London
20 March => Thumbs up from Local for LDDC [LDDC Press Release about closing MORI poll]
26 March => An Era Ends with New Beginnings in London Docklands [Last LDDC Press Release]
31st March =>
LDDC leaves £8m with the Royal Docks Trust (London) to secure projects
in the Royal Docks.
1st July =>
LDDC finally dissolved by the Urban Development Corporations in England
(Dissolution) Order 1998 (SI 1998/953)