Build, build, build but it’s not that easy because of the “Dutch rules”

Build, build, build but it’s not that easy because of the “Dutch rules”

An area the size of twenty football fields is empty near Schiphol. Amstelveen Municipality wants to build hundreds of student dormitories here, but this is not allowed. The property is located just below the flight path to Schiphol. Noise pollution regulations are hindering the council’s ambitious plans.

About ten people currently live on the property in tents and wooden houses. A chemistry student who did not want to give his name says, “There is actually no accommodation option, so we set up our tent here.” “You see that the Netherlands has reached its limits in every respect. “This is especially evident in the real estate crisis.” In his opinion, Schiphol should shrink, which would immediately provide more space for construction.

“We are completely isolated”

Planes pass 200 meters away, but according to Alderman Gordon (D66), GGD research shows that students do not suffer any health damage from noise pollution. “Students live here temporarily and we can build houses with good insulation.”

The municipality wants to build 2,500 student dormitories, but the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management prevents this. It wouldn’t be healthy to live here and it wouldn’t be allowed under aviation regulations. Councilman Gordon wants Secretary Harbers to make an exception. “We have a shortage of 6 thousand 600 student dormitories in the region. We need to become more aware of the competitive spirit. Sometimes we get along very closely in the Netherlands.”


The housing shortage is, of course, greater than in Amstelveen: there is currently a shortage of 390,000 housing units in the Netherlands. Where is there still room and how do the parties want to address this gap?

CDA wants more construction in the area. “There is space in the region that the Randstad does not have,” says party leader Bontenbal. According to the party, this also includes investments in regional infrastructure and economy. So there are job opportunities, nurseries and good train connections. “And every community should have the opportunity to build another road. “If this happened in every community, you could add significant volume.”

GroenLinks/PvdA wants stronger central control, as do CDA and many other parties. According to GroenLinks leader Klaver, this means The Hague will decide where construction can take place and the government will pay for house construction again, rather than leaving it entirely to the market. Klaver says there is still room in many places, especially in villages and towns: “Then you can look around the edges. “And if all else fails, you can also look at areas where construction hasn’t started yet.”

The central government needs to identify and decide these places. “We can’t have a big airport and a huge bio-industry. You should decide. This means a smaller animal population and a smaller Schiphol airport. “This allows us to create space for a good, safe and healthy life.”

Limit transport

The New Social Contract (NSC) wants to transfer responsibility to the state. “They know the local and regional situation very well, so the states should be given a decisive say in determining the locations,” says Merlien Welzijn, number ten on the list.

They also want to limit immigration – “you can’t take people in forever and build for them” – and want more clarity for market sides. “What I’m hearing from business parties and investors is that policy is uncertain, it’s changing too quickly, and it’s changing suddenly. And that’s not good for an investment decision. The government needs to provide a stable environment, and parties designed to do so can do so. “Housing associations and market parties are just doing their job.”

Source: NOS