Plans to build 25,000 affordable homes with a crucial fast metro connection on reclaimed land between Holland Metropole partners Gemeente Amsterdam and Gemeente Almere have been unveiled by two parties in the Dutch coalition government (D66 and CDA). As a public-private cooperation platform, Holland Metropole sees these kind of metropolitan plans as key to tackling the housing and infrastructure challenges in the region.
‘There are few places in the Netherlands where we can think big. And this area is ready to be developed’Rob Jetten, D66 leader
The Almere Pampus project was first mooted years ago but shelved until at least 2025. Now the two parties – D66 and the CDA – have joined forces to promote the plan. They say it should be revived as part of effort to build some 300,000 new homes nationwide and help solve the Dutch housing crisis. The land, they point out, is already owned by the state, and that means work could start very quickly.
‘It is a great space on the IJsselmeer lake, with a view towards Amsterdam,’ D66 leader Rob Jetten said. ‘There are few places in the Netherlands where we can think big. And this area is ready to be developed.’
A fast metro link, preferably in a tunnel, is key to the project, Jetten said. Ministers have already agreed that good road and rail connections are essential for the region’s further growth and have commissioned a report into ensuring Almere remains accessible as it expands.
‘The Netherlands can show the world how to build cheaply, sustainably and in a modern way in Almere,’ Jetten said. ‘We can keep nature intact and still develop new public transport links to bring people closer together.’
Almere has been the fastest growing part of the Netherlands over the past 20 years in terms of its economy, jobs and population. The city has been created on land reclaimed from the lake in the 1960s.