Residents of Roden can choose for themselves which plan they think is best for housing on the corner of Wilhelminastraat and Kanaalstraat, if it is up to the Noordenveldse council.

    25 homes are to be built on the currently undeveloped site. If plans are finally on the table from project developers, residents of Rodena should be able to choose which design seems best to them. But whether that is feasible remains to be seen.

    A motion to investigate this was passed unanimously in the council tonight. Free Hoving (VVD) had reservations about the feasibility of the motion. “Has it been well thought out financially? What will it cost to get the residents to make a decision? I don’t see a big referendum.”

    Frederik van Lookeren Campagne (D66) does not think an investigation is necessary. “This has been done before, we are certainly not the first. Let’s stand firmly for something and make a choice to let residents decide.”

    The research will come. Alderman Jos Darwinkel (Municipal Interests) emphasizes that it is ‘the intention to implement the motion’. “We are happy to experiment.” It is not yet clear how residents of Roden can ultimately vote for their preference.

    The council also unanimously approved the construction of 25 homes in the heart of Roden. There will be a mix of ground-level homes and apartments.

    Housing can also be expected in the future at the location of Op de Helte, the church on the Touwslager in Roden. The city council has taken a decision in principle to allow housing on that site within the next ten years.