In order to arm Bruges against the effects of climate change such as droughts and floods, the city council, at the suggestion of Alderman Spatial Planning Frankie Damon, chose to repurpose some areas of residential expansion into open spaces. “It concerns areas that have not yet been built, where there is a contradiction between the applicable zoning regulations that allow construction and the importance of these areas to the water system. These are the so-called signal areas. We are implementing the building transformation in Bruges with this,” says Damon.
Three regions are processed, all located on the eastern side of Bruges. Residential expansion area south of Kerkdrive, residential expansion area south of Mespillar and residential expansion area east of Sint Trostraat.
“The zoning regulations will be changed through the preparation of the SIP. Infiltration and temporary storage will be given the necessary space by keeping the plots free of construction and reallocating them to open space,” explains Frankie Damon. The city council chooses not to cut down any further space in these areas and in this way contribute to the objectives of the Flemish government’s policy regarding the conversion of the building.
Frankie Damon emphasizes that future housing needs are (and must) be accommodated in the residential area that has already been demarcated: “Thus we carry out the Flemish building transformation and use principles from our strategic vision of Bruges’ spatial planning policy as a guiding principle. In areas of housing expansion that are also signal areas We focus on open spaces.”
The city has the following spatial goals in mind for each area. The residential expansion area south of Kerkdiv is connected to the Assebroekse Meersen Nature Reserve, and the residential expansion area will be given an open destination. The new destination will be compatible with the existing land use in relation to its location in the Mersin area.
Residential expansion area south Van Mispelaar is connected to agricultural areas including Loweiden and will be allocated for open space, in keeping with the current land use in relation to its location in the Meersen region.
The residential expansion area east of Sint Trostraat is also connected to the Mersin area. The signal area at the border with Oostkamp, which is part of the residential expansion area, will be redirected into an open space and included in its wider environment. The search area will be extended to Sint-Trudostraat.
“We are including the entire residential expansion area in our spatial implementation plan. The new uses will be consistent with the existing use of the plots in relation to the site in the Mersin area and we will ensure legal certainty of the built land. With these redevelopments, Bruges enhances its open space and green areas are maintained and kept free of construction. This allows the future generation to continue to enjoy the beautiful natural areas of our city,” says Frankie Damon.
To be clear: the disputed social apartments in Vivendo in Mispelaar are located in a residential area and not a residential expansion area…
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