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Extending the North-South line to Zaanstad and Purmerend

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At the end of this year, the problem analysis for the extension of the North-South line to Zaanstad and Purmerend was completed. Alderman Eveline Tijmstra said this in a letter stating that the idea is still there to extend the metro line. The results of the analysis will determine whether further research is needed.

Good accessibility necessary

According to the councilor, it is necessary to have a good connection between Purmerend and Amsterdam. She emphasizes the growth of the population in Purmerend and employment in the city. It is therefore necessary to have good public transport between Purmerend and Amsterdam.
The Municipality of Zaanstad is also fully behind the extension of the metro to Zaanstad. Even before the opening of the North-South line, Mayor Jan Hamming said that extending the metro to Zaanstad is a matter of course. “We cannot escape thinking about that,” he said at the time.

Extend to Hoorn

Initially there was also the idea in West Friesland to extend the line further towards Hoorn. Last year, however, it became clear that this ambition is not there for the time being. “I think we should first look in the direction of Zaanstad, because there are problems with accessibility and quality of life there,” said Deputy Ilse Zaal of D66 Noord-Holland at the time. “If this proves to be a success, then we can always look further in the next period (after 2023, ed.). It’s quite an ambitious plan, so let’s take it step by step.”
After the problem analysis, which should be completed by the end of this year, the members of the provincial council and the councilors of Purmerend, Zaanstad and Amsterdam will meet to discuss to speak about the results of the research and to develop it further.

Source:NH Nieuws

To alleviate the housing shortage, we have to wait for a cabinet to take back control

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It was already known that there was a major housing shortage before the Corona crisis started. But there is finally hope to fix these soon. Currently there is a shortage of 331,000 homes and 845,000 homes will have to be built in the next 10 years to get out of the housing crisis.

The government promised to build 75,000 homes annually, but nothing came of it. So we are in a nitrogen crisis, minimal number of building permits, growing number of households and a corona crisis on top.

With the word housing shortage, there was an image in which poor families lived in one room and all slept on the floor with them. An image where newly married couples move in with their in-laws in the attic. An image in which several families lived in one house and the clotheslines hung through the streets as Christmas decorations.

The housing shortage in 2020 will look different. Families where both parents have a well-earned job and can afford something. These families have been on the waiting list for a social rental home for years or they earn just too much for a social rental home and are just unable to afford a free-sector home or owner-occupied home.

The price of an average owner-occupied home is crazy these days. In May, an owner-occupied home was on average 333,000 euros, 7% higher than the previous one. Even the corona crisis has not been able to lower house prices so far. Renting a home can cost 1,400 euros per month.

Many young people are willing to spend half of their income on housing, a ridiculous amount. Then they still find nothing. So people in their twenties and thirties linger in tiny, expensive student rooms, or move from anti-squat to temporary housing. In the long run this is disruptive to society. Housing, a fundamental right, cannot be left to the market. House prices have risen twice as fast as average income since 1970. Where does that end?
Due to this housing shortage, many people in their twenties and thirties stay in very small studios for which they usually pay too much rent, or they move into an anti-squat house. Since 1970, house prices have risen twice as fast as the middle income. Housing is a fundamental right and we should not leave it to the market.

Article 22.2 of the constitution solemnly says: “Promotion of sufficient housing is the concern of the government.” The government has clearly failed to do so. Many young people and young families are stuck and do not know whether they will ever be able to buy anything in the current housing market. Large companies buy up suitable properties and the municipalities buy up land everywhere and then do very little with it.

Since 2010 there is no longer a Minister for Housing and things have gone so wrong ever since. The current minister for housing, Ollongren and Van Nieuwenhuizen, realize that things are going completely in the wrong direction and promise to tackle the problems smartly, but they do not have a solution.

A cabinet that takes control of housing would offer a future with a better housing market.

Source:De Volkskrant

Housing market tighter than ever this century, new-build housing costs more than four hundred thousand

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It is known that there is an extreme shortage on the housing market and this is evident in how quickly a house is sold and how high the demand is for a house. The sales price for new and existing homes increased by 9% compared to last year.

Figures from real estate association NVM show that in the second quarter of 2020 only 7,200 new-build homes and plots were sold, an increase of 8% compared to last year. The sales price of a new owner-occupied home rose to € 401,000.

In contrast to new-build homes, the number of existing homes sold fell by 4% in the second quarter. 52% of the existing homes were sold above the asking price. An average of € 335,000 was paid, which is 9% more than a year ago.

According to data from NVM estate agents, a potential buyer could choose from 2.7 homes. “There is a very tight market. In 2020, the housing market will be tighter than ever before this century. ” According to NVM brokers.

According to them, “substantially” more houses should be built. “This requires strong direction from central government in particular,” says NVM chairman Onno Hoes. “Having your own minister to live in the next cabinet is very important.”

Source: Cobouw

Video Nieuwsuur: Major housing shortage in the Netherlands

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Just before the Corona crisis, we were in a nitrogen crisis, which hindered housing construction. There is currently a shortage of more than 300,000 homes, which will rise to about 1.5 million in the next 30 years. There is also a shortage of space to realize this.

Tymon De Weger (alderman in Woerden): “We want to build 4,000 homes in Woerden until 2040, some of which are outside the city in the Green Heart.”
Bob Duindam (alderman in Oudewater): “Until 2040, we want to build 650 homes, 450 of which are outside the city limits in the Green Heart.”
Guus Elkhuizen (alderman in Nieuwkoop) “We want to build 1,900 homes until 2030, some of which are outside the villages, but in the Green Heart.”
These are statements by 3 concerned legislators from municipalities in the Green Heart. They want to build outside the municipal boundaries. Gerard van As, alderman of Alphen aan de Rijn, also has the biggest plans to build in the Green Heart. We currently have the Corona crisis and another housing crisis on top. The housing crisis is so great that it is a form of housing shortage, especially in the Randstad that we have never known.
Since housing has been in the hands of municipalities since 2017, CEOs, scientists and civil servants are concerned about spatial planning in the Netherlands.
According to Frans Blom, researcher at Denkwerk, the Groene Hart largely consists of exhausted agricultural land that is no longer useful for farmers. The government must take the lead in developing a spatial vision. We have great challenges ahead of us and we need a national plan. “We are not concerned with growth,” says Bob Duindam. “We only want to give people who were born and raised here in the Netherlands and who work here a place to live.”
Deputy Anne King scrapped Alphen aan de Rijn’s expansion plans and she wants the councilors to solve their housing shortages within the municipal boundaries.
“The province has locked up the Green Heart for housing, but we have really reached the limit.” Says Tymon De Weger. According to Guus Elkhuizen, the municipality is very flexible about placing windmills in the nature reserve, but when it comes to housing construction, the door is locked. Bob Duindam also thinks it all took too long.

Frans Blom thinks that the provincial administrators are losing valuable time. “We are currently short of 350,000 homes, ie they don’t have a home. That number grows to one and a half million. We also have to realize that developing a home takes about 10 years. So if we don’t start now, we still won’t solve the problem within 10 years. It is really time that we start now. ”

Deputy Anne Koning shares the wish of the aldermen and researchers for more central control from The Hague, but she continues to build critically in the green.

Source: Nieuwsuur