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1.5 hectares not too small according to Dutch Council of State

The owner of two plots of glasshouse horticultural land in 's-Gravenzande was found to be in the wrong by the Council of State yesterday in an appeal against the municipality of Westland. According to the Council, the landowner's land, totalling more than 1.5 hectares, can still be used for a fully-fledged glasshouse horticultural business.

A zoning plan that came into effect in 2013 will not change that. An indemnification for planning damage, as the landowner wants, is therefore out of the question. The municipality of Westland has previously ruled the same way.

Until 2017, 0.7 hectares of glass stood on one 1.5-hectare plot. On the other plot of almost 800 square metres, there is currently a transformer house.

According to the Council of State, it is still perfectly possible to merge other adjacent plots of land with an agricultural zoning, despite the fact that one plot has been zoned as a 'company'.

Read the Council of State's decision (in Dutch) here.

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