News item | 09-03-2023 | 6:39 pm

    On March 9, 2023, Minister Hugo de Jonge for Housing and Spatial Planning, the Province of North Brabant, 56 municipalities and 38 housing corporations will sign four regional housing deals for Brabant. The goal is to build more than 130,600 homes in the province by 2030.

    Minister Hugo de Jonge: ‘In Brabant we are signing four regional Housing Deals, good for the construction of 130,600 homes up to and including 2030. A major ambition that is achievable thanks to the involvement of municipalities, corporations and market parties. With these houses we keep the villages and towns in Brabant liveable.’

    Two-thirds payable

    The four Brabant Housing Deals specify how many homes will be added in each region and municipality. Two-thirds of new construction will consist of affordable homes. 40% of the new construction is for middle incomes. Municipalities with a currently lower share than 30% are bringing this share up to standard with new construction. Municipalities that already have a higher share are building more for the middle segment.

    Agreements about homes for focus groups and sustainability

    The parties also made agreements about housing for various focus groups, such as migrant workers, caravan dwellers or students. Each region filled this in on the basis of its own characteristics. In addition, the parties made agreements about the construction of flexible housing, collective housing and new forms of housing. Circularity and sustainable construction are an important starting point in every Housing Deal. As a Brainport region, the Southeast Brabant region has already made the most concrete agreements on that point.

    Deputy Erik Ronnes of Spatial Planning and Housing: “I am proud of the way in which we have reached agreements with municipalities and housing associations. I see enthusiasm to get started. And that is necessary, because it is a huge job that we sink our teeth into. The urgency is clear to everyone. Of course we have to deal with issues such as interest rate and price increases and a shortage of building materials and labour. That is precisely why these regional Housing Deals are the way to accelerate housing construction, together.”

    Cooperation with relevant market and social parties

    The government, province, municipalities and housing associations work closely together in the implementation of the Housing Deals. Relevant market and social parties play an important role in this: their expertise and brainpower are used at the regional acceleration tables to accelerate housing construction. This is done, for example, by setting priorities, exploiting (collaboration) opportunities and looking for solutions to bottlenecks. The need for cooperation increased due to the recently announced nature target analyzes of the Natura2000 areas in Brabant. The consequence of this is a limitation of the nitrogen permits to be granted (Nature Conservation Act, Wnb).