‘Thunderclouds mainly hang over housing’

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‘Thunderclouds mainly hang over housing’

Construction company Dura Vermeer had a turnover of 1.82 billion euros last year, compared to 1.61 billion euros in 2021. But that does not mean that the construction sector is doing well. ‘The thunderclouds mainly hang over the construction of homes,’ says general manager Job Dura of construction company Dura Vermeer.

Construction company Dura Vermeer had a turnover of 1.82 billion euros last year, compared to 1.61 billion euros in 2021. But that does not mean that the construction sector is doing well. ‘The thunderclouds mainly hang over the construction of homes,’ says general manager Job Dura of construction company Dura Vermeer. (ANP / Fotopersburo Dijkstra bv)

Infrastructure construction and non-residential construction, all non-residential construction, are doing very well. But Dura told the FD that housing is not collapsing, but is collapsing. ‘In recent months we have clearly seen that home sales in the private sector, as well as rental home sales to investors, have fallen sharply.’

What has been around for a long time is that the procedures for building housing take a long time. ‘It’s about a lack of locations, the long spatial planning procedures and the direction and coordination between the national government, provinces and municipalities.’ All this leads to less production of homes.

Solutions

According to Dura, the solution is first of all that clear direction is needed in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčconsultation between municipalities and provinces. And secondly, it is necessary to look for simpler and cheaper locations outside the major cities, including extra-urban construction. ‘Homes can be built faster and cheaper there, and there is a demand for them.’ Those are the main directions. ‘Subsequently, the spatial planning procedures will also have to be simpler and shorter.’

The Environmental Act

With the Environment and Planning Act, the government wants to simplify and merge those rules for spatial development, and will take effect on 1 January next year. ‘If that goes according to plan, then all will go well. But we still see a lot of bumps. Especially in the period when the law is introduced. People have to be able to deal with it. We hope that this will not cause any additional delay.’

To compensate for the declining turnover in residential construction, Dura Vermeer will focus more on other segments such as installation technology, various other market segments of infrastructure construction and non-residential construction.


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