The Hague is expanding its supply of rent-controlled and mid-market rental properties with a project to build 570 new homes in a residential area south of the city centre.

The De Schaloen development will be made up of 225 social housing units, with rents no higher than €730 per month, and 345 mid-market rentals. The homes will be built around communal gardens with underground car parking and the first will be ready for new tenants in 2023.

Locals already living in the Moerwijk-Oost area of The Hague were involved in drawing up the development plans, which involve the demolition of 220 outdated social housing units.

The population of The Hague is increasing by some 5,000 on an annual basis. ‘We are building 4,000 new homes a year, with a focus on affordability,’ housing chief Martijn Balster said. ‘This agreement is a major step towards realising our ambition. And we are investing not only in a large number of affordable homes, but in pleasant surroundings, with plenty of greenery and places to play.’