The master plan is founded upon the “Development Concept for the Restructuring of Bremen’s Former Docklands”, approved by the Senate and Parliament of Bremen in 2000. Drawn up in 2003, it formulates the urban development concept to transform the docklands to the right of the river Weser. It is an instrument of informal planning and forms the basis for all developments that have since been implemented in the Überseestadt. From the city centre outwards, the area is 3.5km long and at least 1km wide, stretching out along the Weser. The 300 hectares of land are delimited by the riverbanks, quays and walls, and these have a long-lasting impact on the city’s spaces and architecture.
The various plans are regularly adjusted and updated. However, the constantly new developments in the Überseestadt mean not all plans are always up-to-date.