The consultation partners in the province of South Holland have already been able to respond to an earlier version of PIP, published in July 2020. The reactions of these partners, such as the municipalities of Alphen aan den Rijn and Waddinxveen, have been incorporated into the now released PIP Design. The draft PIP will be released from 31 May 2022 to 12 July 2022 for inspection and participation. Design PIP and accompanying documents can be viewed via the project’s website and are also available for inspection at the provincial and municipal offices in Alphen aan den Rijn. Anyone can respond to the documents by giving an opinion. One point of view is a reasoned answer indicating what needs to be changed in the plans for project N207 South. You can submit a view via the project’s website www.zuid-holland.nl/n207zuid.
The province and the municipalities involved will arrange walk-in meetings on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 June 2022. Everyone then has the opportunity to ask questions about the plans in Design PIP N207 South. More information about these meetings can be found on the project’s website.
In addition to the measures in the draft PIP, the provincial government has decided that further research should be carried out in a ground wall on the west side of Verlengde Bentwoudlaan. Although the earth wall falls outside the PIP boundary, it is covered by project N207 South. The survey will be conducted in the coming months and those involved will be consulted.
Lacks nitrogen research
Design PIP has been tested on the basis of many studies. One of the investigations has not yet been completed. This is about research into nitrogen deposition. Until 2022, the rule applied to all road construction projects: If there is a nitrogen-sensitive area within a radius of 5 kilometers, it is necessary to make nitrogen calculations. With effect from 2022, the calculation model has been adjusted following a decision in the Council of State and the radius expanded to 25 kilometers. Therefore, further research is currently being carried out into the effects of project N207 South on the various Natura 2000 sites. As soon as it is clear what the effects of the nitrogen deposition are in those areas, the EIA can be supplemented. It is also possible to investigate which measures the N207 South project must and can take. We are taking into account the preparation of another version of Design PIP.
About project N207 South
Project N207 South consists of 3 new roads: the provincial roads Bentwoudlaan and Verlengde Bentwoudlaan and the municipal road Verlengde Beethovenlaan. The N209 in Hazerswoude-Dorp will also be changed. The measures will improve traffic flow and accessibility in the area. Together with the municipalities of Alphen aan den Rijn and Waddinxveen, the province has also worked on other solutions to improve the quality of life and safety in the area. For example, additional cycle, walking and hiking trails will be built near Bentwoud, a cycle bridge in the northern part of Hazerswoude-Dorp, and an ecological connection zone will be constructed. The province of South Holland is expected to implement the plans for the N207 South project from 2023 to 2025.
Provinces and municipalities work together
The province works closely with the municipalities involved, so that the (new) local roads are also connected to the provincial roads and vice versa. Waddinxveen municipality is building the extended Beethovenlaan. Alphen aan den Rijn municipality is adapting the local roads in Hazerswoude-Dorp in 3 places: at the northern roundabout, around the junction and in the south, they are realizing a new neighborhood access road. The municipality has prepared – where necessary – the zoning plan ‘Design Traffic Initiatives Hazerswoude-Dorp’. In addition, there is also collaboration with the program Better Accessible Gouwe. This program looks at the medium- and long-term measures in the Gouwe region and complements the plans for the N207 South.