SLC.20.011 – Building homes and making places for livable cities

Route: Smart, liveable cities

Cluster question: 030 How can we keep our densely populated country liveable?

For quite some years, annual production of new homes falls short of demand. And there is growing concern that production in the coming years will be insufficient to fulfill expected future demand for up to 1 million more homes. This leads to ‘unsustainable’ increase of housing prices, households that are unable to find a suitable and affordable home, increasing numbers of homeless people, and underperformance of regional housing markets. Though national government, provinces and cities have all launched policies to stimulate housing construction and the national government recently announced additional incentives to accelerate production, many commentators fear that present and announced policy interventions are still insufficient to solve the Dutch housing crisis. Sufficient plan capacity seems to be available, but many plans apparently are stalled, with implementation delayed or not taking place at all. Moreover, there is much debate about the type of homes and locations to be developed, also in relation to other urban uses as a city is not just a collection of homes. The challenges are multiple. Since the performance of local and regional housing markets largely depends on planning policies to create sufficient attractive sites at the right times and locations, this research aims to study four different issues. First, the effectiveness of these local, regional and national planning policies: to what extent do they ‘produce’ sufficient, sustainable and feasible plans? Second, their impact on housing market efficiency, in terms of housing prices, construction costs and plan-making costs. Third, what we should understand by attractive places and how these places meet with present and future demand. And, fourth, it will develop and test alternative planning policies that may offer a way out of the housing crisis.


attractive places, housing market, planning interventions

Other organisations

Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling, Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Organisation Radboud University (RU)
Name Prof. dr. E. (Erwin) van der Krabben