"No housing shortage in Netherlands"

28th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The Christian democrats CDA deny that there is a housing shortage in the Netherlands. CDA MP Ruud van Heugten said this on Tuesday. "There are enough homes available."

28 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The Christian democrats CDA deny that there is a housing shortage in the Netherlands. CDA MP Ruud van Heugten said this on Tuesday. "There are enough homes available."

Van Heugten says that the real problem is that people refuse to live in certain types of homes or in specific neighbourhoods. "It is a question of quality," he says. The CDA member says there is even a surplus of homes in some areas.

Van Heugten's comments are completely at odds with the analysis presented by Minister for Housing and Neighbourhoods Ella Vogelaar last week. She wants to build an additional 80,000 new homes each year but wonders whether this can be achieved. The housing shortage will most likely continue, Vogelaar said.

In order to make the so-called problem neighbourhoods more attractive to residents, the CDA and the ChristenUnie want the large cities to be given extra money to establish neighbourhood gardens. People of different backgrounds come into contact with each other more easily in such gardens.

Staf Depla of the Labour PvdA wants Vogelaar to do something about municipalities on the peripheries of large cities where not enough social housing is being built. As a result low income families are forced to move into the cities, concentrating the problems.

Depla wants to force peripheral municipalities and the housing corporations active there to build homes for these people. MP Paulus Jansen of the Socialist SP thinks that a bonus scheme could encourage more people with a decent income to settle in the problem neighbourhoods.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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