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The impact of abolishing social-housing grants on the compact-city policy of Dutch municipalities


  • Willem K Korthals Altes


Building on previously developed land is a top priority in Dutch compact-city policies. During the 1980s government grants supported building on these locations. In 1990 nonsubsidised housing accounted for only 5% of the housing programme for these inner-city sites. In 1995, as a result of the transformation of the welfare state in the Netherlands, the government abolished grants for the construction of social housing. This had a massive impact on the housing programme; and subsidies, as a proportion of the cost of infrastructure provision, dropped from 68% in 1990 to 30% in 2000. These changes have had a major impact on the role of municipalities and the powers they need to provide new housing on previously developed land. The municipalities’ lack of powers and the new market conditions are contributing to the present stagnation of housebuilding in the Netherlands, and both of these factors influence Dutch compact-city policy.

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  • Willem K Korthals Altes, 2007. "The impact of abolishing social-housing grants on the compact-city policy of Dutch municipalities," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 39(6), pages 1497-1512, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:39:y:2007:i:6:p:1497-1512

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    1. Hans R.A. Koster & Jan Rouwendal, 2012. "The Impact Of Mixed Land Use On Residential Property Values," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(5), pages 733-761, December.
    2. Evelien Van Rij & Eric Koomen, 2010. "Analysing The Rural Vitality Argument For Residential Development: Linking Discourses And Actual Spatial Developments," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 101(5), pages 583-595, December.

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