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Dutch greenhouses make place for houses

Vollebregt-Barten has taken the initiative in Kwintsheul for the transformation of 'De Driesprong' from glasshouse horticulture to housing development. This area of about 7 hectares under the name Heulpark is now being developed into a residential area by Westland developers van Mierlo and Weboma. There will be room for 190 homes.

Vollebregt-Barten has formed a cluster with five of the six owners in the area to shape this transformation. The Westland municipality apparently also had its own plans for housing development and established the Municipal Preferential Rights Act (Wvg), says Daan van Winden on behalf of the real estate agency.

"That took some switching because we wanted to develop our plans in cooperation with market parties. We then sat down with the owners and took stock of their wishes. We named the most important starting points such as price, terms, taxation, and risks and securities, and on this basis, we started the sale in concrete terms."

Glass stands demolished
Because of the Wvg, the brokers first started consultations with the Westland municipality, but the talks with the municipality did not give enough progress, Daan says. "As an alternative, we started consultations with some developing parties. We formulated concrete principles on the basis of which we submitted a tender. On this basis, we made a selection and held additional talks and chose a party that best matched the owners' wishes and could offer the necessary securities and flexibility in addition to a good price."

The Van Mierlo/Weboma partnership was chosen, and a purchase agreement was concluded in 2018. "In consultation with Van Mierlo/Weboma, we determined the route and started working in good consultation and also involved the municipality. The beginning was a bit of testing, but we started working with each other and the municipality in a constructive way. Meanwhile, the zoning procedure is almost complete, and the stands are being demolished."

Opportunities in case of preferential rights
The process is almost completed for the growers and to the satisfaction of all parties, says Daan. "'If all goes well, the first homes will go on sale in mid-2023. It will be a very nice neighborhood."

Although this kind of process and the whole planning process always take more time than perhaps thought beforehand, the brokers have been able to offer security to the owners and limit the lead time and uncertainty. "So even with a Municipal Preferential Rights Act, there are possibilities," Daan concludes. "This is the kind of process we like to accompany. So we are always working with initiatives in different locations."

For more information:
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