North Brabant county house in Den Bosch. Photo: Elco van Berkel/iStock
From now on, the province of Nord-Brabant wants to take a more integrated approach to spatial ambitions. Building new homes, utilities, and businesses must go hand in hand with climate adaptation, the energy transition, the mobility transition, health and broad prosperity. It is important that the space is filled in several ways. To this end, the province has established a new political framework for the living environment.
The new framework is badly needed, writes Deputy Spatial Planning and Living Eric Rones in his introduction policy framework. “Brabant is changing rapidly. New developments demand space. Urbanization pressures are high and space is scarce. How can we respond to all the challenges of the future while preserving and enhancing the quality of the living environment in our cities and villages?
In its environmental vision, the province chooses to focus urbanization and sustainable development for the metropolitan city of Brabant. “Brabant is a polycentric network of towns and villages, closely connected with neighboring provinces and abroad (Vlamesi Reuth, Ruhr region).” The county writes that city and country are closely related. Cities must make a leap in size and the countryside must remain livable.
These are the basis of urbanization to prevent the shift to soil and water system. “By this we are indicating that climate and other major challenges can only be addressed if the carrying capacity of the natural soil and water system is critical.” The county notes that this political line may mean that developments will be abandoned if the soil cannot keep up.
Multiple use of space starting point
The multiple use of space is the spearhead of the province in large-scale jumping. “Living above shops, businesses, combined with catering, green energy generation on rooftops, parking under or over buildings, etc. We strive for the triple use of space; the single-functional use of space (almost) is no longer ) is happening.
The multiple use of space is also explicitly applicable to job sites. “Companies with low (environmental) impact on the environment are in principle proportional to residential and mixed areas.” From now on, business parks will be developed only if there is demand. “In satisfying demand, we assume regional added value, a balance between the degree of regional affiliation and the degree of contribution to Brabant’s social and economic ambitions.”
The county counteracts drowsiness by pursuing a policy of selective pooling and vacancies are prevented by not allowing additional retail space in the county.
Green and blue sweating
Moreover, a link with climate adaptation, green and blue sweating networks, energy and heat. The county also wants more attention to circularity and the use of new building materials (wooden construction). Instead of quickly building new homes in a green environment, the county is now focusing on converting existing homes and transforming businesses.
In North Brabant, the car will continue to be an important means of transportation in the future. To limit this, the county wants to work with partners to ensure that living, work and utilities are close to each other. In this way, excursions can be done on foot or by bicycle.
Five core values at the heart of policy choices
The boycott within the policy defines the basis on which choices are made. There are five core core values for this:
water and soil system
Cleaner, healthier and safer
Prevent scrolling (for place, time, or other functions)
Always careful and multiple use of value-added space
Appointments are also viewed from multiple perspectives. According to the county, this gives direction to work and thus also to urbanization policy.
The live and work policy framework should act as a bridge between the regional environmental vision, urbanization policy and the various implementation agendas.
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