A group of residents have come up with a plan to combine a Gemeente brownfield site with land of their own
Translated by Thomas Ansell
With the Netherlands in the grip of a multi-year housing crisis, various Gemeentes are coming up with plans to build more homes in their municipalities.
The Gemeente Achtkarspelen recently presented a plan for 1,500 new homes in ten years, and now a group of residents has submitted plans to combine land they own with Gemeente land in Buitenpost to build properties. As reported by the Omrop Fryslân.
The site is located next to Buitenpost’s ice rink, and plans are yet to be fully finalised. However, both the Gemeente and local residents agree that too little is being done with the land at present.
Buitenpost’s housing crisis is particularly affecting younger people (with a lack of cheap starter homes), and also the elderly, with a similar lack of apartments designed for older people.
Last year the Dutch government announced that the Netherlands needs another 845,000 new houses in order to combat a national shortage. There is already a shortage of more than 330,000 properties, with about 71,500 built in 2019, and only 55,000 bult in 2020.