Aldermen also fear construction crisis after housing crisis: ‘Measures needed’

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Aldermen also fear construction crisis after housing crisis: ‘Measures needed’

The cabinet must take extra measures to allow the construction of homes to continue and to accelerate. That is what the aldermen of the five largest cities in the Netherlands demand. ‘Due to rising personnel costs, high construction costs and rising interest rates, things are becoming increasingly complicated,’ says housing alderman of Amsterdam Reinier van Dantzig.

In Amsterdam itself, measures have already been taken to speed up housing construction, says the alderman. ‘We have simplified and lowered the price of land. But with the big cities we think we also need something from the government.’ Van Dantzig and his co-aldermen of the major cities demand from the government, among other things, a construction start premium and a construction guarantee. ‘That ensures that if developers start building affordable homes, they will receive an extra financial contribution.’ According to Van Dantzig, this is ‘certainly important for the social rent and middle rent, which are capped’.

Preventing competition between municipalities

To the chagrin of housing developers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sell new-build owner-occupied homes, says Van Dantzig . ‘It is becoming increasingly difficult to sell new-build owner-occupied homes, while you usually need them to get such a construction project off the ground. If you, as the national government or the cities, were to offer a small guarantee, then those homes could be built.’

Van Dantzig also points out that it is inconvenient if municipalities take individual measures. ‘Then you start competing with each other, while you actually want affordable housing throughout the Netherlands.’

‘We really can’t afford for this to become a construction crisis’

Reinier van Dantzig, alderman of Amsterdam

With regional housing deals, housing minister Hugo de Jonge has already withdrawn control to the government, but Van Dantzig also wants the minister to take control of the start-up phase of construction. ‘We really cannot afford for this to become a construction crisis, because then we will have a housing crisis and a construction crisis. That is why the government must also take the lead in this.’

The cabinet must take extra measures to allow the construction of homes to continue and to accelerate. That is what the aldermen of the five largest cities in the Netherlands demand. (ANP / Bart Stoutjesdijk)

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