The government will use its own real estate to help farmers and refugees

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The government will use its own real estate to help farmers and refugees

The government will use its own land and real estate assets to help deal with housing shortages, influx of asylum seekers and nitrogen problems. ‘An old solution to solve a problem of today’, is what political reporter Leendert Beekman calls it.

‘The government has a lot of real estate,’ says Beekman. ‘And the idea of ​​Hugo de Jonge, Minister for Housing and Spatial Planning, is simple: don’t sell it to another party, but get to work with it yourself. See how you can use the buildings and land for housing, asylum reception or the nitrogen crisis.’

The idea of ​​using government real estate and land is not entirely new. (ANP / Peter Hilz)

Relocating farmers near Natura 2000 areas

To achieve this, the Central Government Real Estate Agency is setting up its own development unit, the FD reported earlier on Wednesday. With this, the government can also purchase land for farmers who want to relocate, says Beekman. ‘For example, it can help with the nitrogen crisis, for example by helping to relocate farmers who are too close to Natura 2000 areas. De Jonge is discussing this with Piet Adema, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.’

The idea of ​​using government real estate and land is not entirely new. ‘The government has also deployed its own buildings with the refugees from Ukraine. But now it really has to happen on a large scale: strategically deploying properties to contribute to major social problems.’


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