The Wadden Islands will receive 5 million euros from the Ministry of Housing and Spatial Planning for the accelerated construction of at least 200 homes on the five islands.
It is expected that “in the period up to 2025” the first 75 houses will be completed, reports the Wadden Islands Partnership.
“Due to the specific characteristics of the island, such as the limited space, the vulnerable nature and the dependence on the supply of materials and personnel from the mainland, housing on the Wadden is not only complex but also expensive.
Flywheel for habitability
Caroline van de Pol, Mayor of Terschelling and President of the Wadden Islands Partnership: “The government’s contribution means a flywheel for the quality of life on the islands. Young families and staff have more options to stay or return. They are of great importance to local communities. Housing for the elderly is also guaranteed so that they can continue to live on their beloved island if the need for care increases”.
Municipalities invest 50 million
The island municipalities themselves want – in addition to the promised 5 million – to invest around 50 million in housing by 2030. They also hope to claim government support and involvement through a regional agreement. They submitted a request for it in November 2022.
New forms of life
Because space is scarce on the Wadden Islands, new forms of housing are needed, writes the Wadden Islands Partnership. “This is why island municipalities focus on themes such as flexibility and multifunctionality in designs. In addition to houses, flex houses, a commuter learning campus and a residential care center are also included in the plans. Circularity and sustainable energy are of paramount importance here.
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