Huizer councilor Roland Boom expects that the neighboring municipality of Gooise Meren – after all the trouble – will definitely put an end to the construction of the controversial residential tower on the border between Naarden and Huizen. To the surprise of builder Jerry Goossens, the man behind the residential tower. “The councilor must not sit in someone else’s chair at all. What he wants cannot be done either,” says Goossens firmly. “This is Holland upside down.”
The battle for the controversial housing tower has raged for two years and will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. The neighborhood fears its view will be ruined, conservationists call it an attack on nature, and they both say the plan is inappropriate and, above all, not allowed.
Despite all the protests, Gooise granted Meren municipality, on whose territory the residential tower was to come, at the beginning of this year. still a permit. A permit that was torn up two weeks ago for a typo of the municipality itself.
The residential tower on the border between Naarden and Huizen has been controversial from the start. Let’s catch up with you in a moment why. The text continues below the video.
Huizen sees the revocation of the permit as the ultimate opportunity to counter the construction plan entirely. The ball for this would lie with Gooise Meren municipality and how it works is a bit technical. The municipality could decide to renew the current zoning plan, which would set new and stricter requirements for what may and may not be built on the plot.
It is a long process. Usually, there is a kind of ‘pre-conservation’ in advance, which means that no more permits are granted until the new subdivision plan is ready. Gooise Meren has done this more often in recent years to prevent unwanted development. For example, a so-called preparatory decision was made to prevent the growth of Speelpark Oud Valkeveen from getting out of hand, and the municipality had time to look at an amended regulatory plan.
“The municipality cannot change the rules of the game if the game is already being played. That would be very strange”
Houses is now aiming for that. “We found this building plan undesirable and inappropriate and we still think so. We assume that, in light of the reactions from the groups in Gooise Meren, this is also the position of the politicians in Gooise Meren. We expect Gooise Meren to take planning protection measures. will make, such as a preparatory decision and subsequent tightening of the zoning plan,” replied Huizer councilor Roland Boom to NH Nieuws last week. To add that, according to him, Gooise Meren must ‘take that decision with the greatest possible speed’.
Mayor Roland Boom’s words were a big surprise to builder Jerry Goossens. “I understand you don’t like anything. But pushing through like that is very sad. It’s becoming painfully clear to me that the councilor realizes that what I want is allowed. Why else would he try the plan on this way to stop?”, Goossens wonders aloud. “Truly unprecedented.”
In addition, Goossens states that what councilor Roland Boom wants to achieve is not even allowed. “The municipality cannot change the rules of the game if the game is already being played. That would be very strange. The councilor must comply with the law, the name says it all. If the law – in this case a subdivision plan – says that something is possible, then it can simply be allowed do. He can’t suddenly start shouting that he expects another municipality to stop something. It’s really unthinkable to me in the Netherlands. It’s the same as a police officer shouting in the media that you can break in. This Holland is upside down for me.”
“If something is allowed that you don’t actually like, then it’s annoying. But if it’s allowed and possible, then it’s possible”
Goossens therefore calls it ‘unethical’ that Huizen municipality kicks against the subdivision plan. “Such a zoning plan exists for a reason and does not just come like that. A municipality does not act from one day to the next, which is thought through in detail. At the time, conditions were set about what may and may not be built on. this piece of land .If something is allowed that you don’t actually like, then it’s annoying. But if it’s allowed and possible, then it’s possible. It’s logical that you don’t like it. But it’s no different. Sit down even there, just let it go.”
More than six years of work
Goossens emphasizes that he has been working on the building plans for the site for more than six years. “To me, for a councilor like that to say something like that disqualifies all the work I’ve done properly over the past few years.”
Because this is what Goossens wants to emphasize the most: He went through all the processes neatly from the start. Ever since he bought the land. “It would be very stupid if you buy a piece of land that you don’t know if what you want is actually allowed,” says the developer. “From the first moment I therefore had contact with the municipality of Naarden and the province of Noord-Holland. We talked a lot, and I had investigations done – so-called quick scans – and paid to check if what I want is really allowed… That turned out to be the case.”
The story goes even further: the criticism of Goossen’s plan is now primarily about the height, while high-rise buildings were not the goal at all before. “The very first plan was low, futuristic egg-shaped housing. I knew that plan in advance that it would fall outside the building area that the zoning plan determined. Then we looked at whether we could deviate from the zoning plan. , because I thought it was most beautiful. so I really took a risk, because it could have also meant that they would open up the subdivision plan in such a way that I wasn’t allowed to do anything at all. had to keep the building surface”, according to the developer.
Up to 65 meters
“And that ultimately meant that I had to go up in height with the plan. According to the regulatory plan, I can even build up to 65 meters in height. You shouldn’t want to do that at all. With the height we are now using, I can live much more. , because it is also the height of the trees. We have done that very deliberately. Besides, of course, this is not a tower. The higher the building gets, the more pointed and narrow it becomes. With the narrow part at the top, I can’t continue either anything. It also shows that I’m not concerned with the masses, but with the design. It’s now like a kind of Christmas tree. With all the greenery, the building itself is also like a tree. It remains discreet in that place, and so it suits it very well,” he explains.
The design of the first building plan by Goossens. The text continues below the video.
What Goossens really wants to make clear by summarizing the whole procedure so far: “I have spoken in depth with all the authorities involved from the first moment. They know the plan, have contributed ideas. We have gone through all the procedures properly,” he argues.
And to add to that: Huizen has also been in contact with him. “When the plan became concrete more than two years ago, I also contacted councilor Roland Boom van Huizen. I told him what I was working on, what I had in mind. He heard everything. In fact: I even told him that I had a plan to make the adjacent neighborhood completely more sustainable by connecting it to the system in my building. A lot is possible with new techniques. He’s never shown any interest in it,” says Goossens. He points to various app messages and emails to the councillor.
The first more concrete design by Goossens, which caused quite a stir. The text continues below the image.
It stings him that Huizen still insists that they have been attacked by the Goossens’ construction plan. “They really are crocodile tears,” he laughs. “That it came out of the blue is simply not true. I have the feeling that the councilor is primarily sticking to it to look good to the residents. Furthermore, it is not true at all.”
That the councilor is now calling on the neighboring municipality of Gooise Meren to ‘quickly’ take steps to stop the residential tower after all is another sign for Goossens that he is right with his plan and that his plans can continue. “Why would the councilor make such an urgent appeal if he is sure of his case when he says that my plan does not fit into the zoning plan? That answer seems clear to me,” Goossens argues.