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PROSPER: Delivery of retail and housing through the planning system in the Netherlands

Project ‘PROSPER’ (PROgrammeren als Sturingsvraagstuk: Provinciaal En Regionaal) concerns the development of the ‘delivery instrument’ of retail and housing through the planning system in the Netherlands. In the last couple of years, issues concerning housing and retail – such  as increasing hard planned overcapacity, uncertainty about the demand for certain property developments and regional coordination – have raised questions about this instrument and its implementation on a municipal, regional and provincial level. This project aims to find out more about the extent to which housing and retail property development capacity is regionally coordinated, to identify underlying policy goals, and to identify alternative models.

The project is established at Wageningen University and co-financed by the Provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Brabant and Gelderland. In each of these provinces, two regions will be studied in order to gain in-depth knowledge about the instrument and its implementation on a municipal, regional and provincial level. The project is undertaken by Lars Wichard, with professor Leonie Janssen-Jansen as its project leader.