Housing construction Kersenweide is in the design phase | Bunnik’s News

ODYK At the last meeting of the current Council composition on 10 March, all parties unanimously agreed on the planning vision for Kersenweide (Odijk-West). The municipality can now start with the design of the new district, which will accommodate 1200 homes.

by Frits Beijnink

An important part of the further design is the housing program, where the 1200 homes to be built are drawn in the neighborhood, divided into different price ranges (from social rent to the private sector) and housing types: apartments or houses, for singles or families, to start with or relocate students, whether they are in small houses, senior farms and multi-generational housing.

‘T BURGJE GETS BUFFER ZONE At the start of the debate, most parties still had many questions. And there was a proposal from De Liberalen and Bunniks Belang to preserve a green buffer zone between Kersenweide and the village ‘t Burgje, which several residents had wanted during the Open House on 17 February. The Council agreed with this, making the proposal made redundant.

FROM 860 TO 1200 HOMES Leny Visser (CDA) reminded Councilor Ali Dekker (The Liberals) that the current plan for the province has room for 1,000 homes in Odijk-West, 140 of which have already been realized with the construction of ‘t Burgje. The province sets this maximum to prevent mobility problems in the region. So there is still room for 860 homes. But the municipal council in Bunnik has already raised this number to 1000, and last year the council raised it again to 1200 in a lively debate (see below) – a little more than 860. Visser asked what the situation would be like: Project developers are based on 1200 homes, but the province can still stop it. Will it not cause problems?

Dekker explained that the province updates the housing program annually and that the municipality is applying for 1,200 homes next time. This presupposes that the plans for sustainable mobility in and around Kersenweide, including a bicycle connection to the station, are sufficient to convince the province. If this does not work, the municipality must downgrade the plans, and project developers are aware of this.

STEP BY STEP Councilor Dekker satisfied all parties with the explanation that most issues will be addressed in the next phase. To dispel the concern that a thick packet of paper would not come to the table again for a year, she proposed a step-by-step approach with temporary decision-making steps. The moments are about the detailed housing program and the ‘visual quality plan’, where the appearance of the neighborhood is shown in three dimensions with sketches. All parties were persuaded by this step-by-step approach to agreeing to the area vision, in which Ralph Hallo (Bunnik’s Interest) stated with satisfaction: “Bunnik must build!”

30 PERCENT SOCIAL RENTAL? In April last year, the council discussed the plan for 1,000 homes in Kersenweide, distributed according to the municipal housing vision: 30 percent social rent, 40 percent for middle income (rent and purchase) and 30 percent free sector. In a hectic meeting, where the CDA was absent in protest of a late agenda, the Liberals, with the support of Bunniks Belang – and therefore with a majority in the council present – put forward the proposal to add 200 extra homes in the higher segment. , to fund ambitions for sustainability and quality of life. That proposal was adopted after much discussion and, apparently as a result of negotiations on other issues, also signed by P21, albeit reluctantly.

The result was a plan for 1,200 homes with only 25 percent social rent (300 homes). Koen van Gulik (P21) asked the council on March 10 if there would be a moment to discuss this division again. Dekker suggested that the council could discuss this again when determining the housing program. Whether this will lead to an increase in the social rent rate is the question and depends on the voting percentages in the new council. P21, CDA and D66 assume 30 percent in their party programs. Only VVD believes that 20 percent is sufficient.

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