Utrecht city council and a number of project developers and investors have finalised their plans for Merwede, a virtually car free neighbourhood on part of 24 hectare former industrial site on the banks of the Merwede canal.

Holland Metropole partners AM, Synchroon and BPD are among the developers involved in the project alongside the city authorities. The location, part of a larger redevelopment site known as the Merwede Canal Zone, is within walking distance from the main railway station and the medieval inner city.

The Merwede project has been several years at the design and planning stage and will have up to 6,000 homes, mainly apartments, when completed. The plan also includes schools, shops, cafes, a health centre and sports and cultural facilities.

‘This will be a city district for the 21st century,’ alderman Kees Diepeveen told the Volkskrant at the formal launch of the plans in early January. ‘We are going for greenery, greenery and more greenery. This is what locals need in a city which is becoming more densely populated.’

The use of cars will be discouraged, with parking reserved for visitors. Instead, residents will be encouraged to cycle and to use one of the hundreds of shared cars parked in ‘mobility hubs’ on the edge of the district. 

The entire Merwede Canal Zone is being developed in stages and will have some 10,000 homes when completed.

More on the plans [Dutch] https://merwede.nl/

More on the area development [Dutch] www.utrecht.nl/merwedekanaalzone