The New Planning


The ‘New Planning’ project aims to stimulate a change in the practice of spatial planning, to bolster resilience, livability and to ensure a more sustainable and inclusive development.

Vereniging Deltametropool together with Delft University of Technology, created a consortium of academic and social partners to meet the need for a new model of spatial planning for The Netherland.

The ‘New Planning’ project aims to stimulate a change in the practice of spatial planning, to bolster resilience, livability and to ensure a more sustainable and inclusive development. The project is breaking through the current impasse in the governance of the Dutch territory, and working towards providing a roadmap for the transition of planning institutions, to a new model.

The need for a ‘new planning’ is necessary as the present Dutch spatial planning practice is yet to evolve in a theoretically informed way and thus fails to meet the current challenges. Major initiatives, notably the Environment act is neither connected to the formal planning tools nor the informal institutions. Therefore, this project is building a new model based on in-depth analysis of spatial planning through research and learning from international comparisons, through extensive engagement with societal partners.

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The Context and process

The New Planning process

The ‘new planning’ was conceptualised with the four main partners in July 2018. The NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) pre-proposal was submitted in September 2018, which led to the formation of a consortium of stakeholders and a subsequent Matchmaking event in November 2018.  The eagerness of the practitioners towards the changing systems coping with the transitions in spatial planning, led us to initiate the corresponding route of the “The New Planning” project, called as the ‘new planning dialogue’. The New Planning dialogue was further developed as a full fledged project with a series of practitioner activities starting from July 2019. The detailed process of this project development was done by matchmaking event for stakeholders and with research proposals of NWO. You can read more about it through this link.

Luuk Boelens presented as keynote at the first matchmaking event. Read further about it here

The New Planning Dialogue

“The New Planning Dialogue” is a series of interactive practitioner activities, conducting parallelly with the academic research on “The New Planning – Empowering Resilient Societies”.

The eagerness of the practitioners towards the ongoing discussion about the changing systems coping with the transitions in spatial planning, led us to initiate the corresponding route of the “The New Planning” project. The goal of the dialogue is to reach out to the public audience who are dealing/ coping with the same challenges in the Dutch spatial Planning. This way we will make sure that the academic research being done, is being effectively utilised in the real practice. Also, to guarantee a strong theoretical framework in the research outputs, we are planning to open this discussion with the Dutch stakeholders in the review of evidence, and in identifying significant findings and urgencies. The research will draw on a wide variety of stories related to spatial planning system. It will involve in particular, local, provincial and regional governments and civil stakeholders in the review and synthesis of evidence.

We propose the dialogue through a series of eight events with the consortia in order to encourage the co-creative network and interactive discussions.

You can find more information about the activities that took place till and the upcoming events here.


A series of practitioner's activities A series of practitioner's activities. The New Planning Dialogue

Various questions will be addressed within a debate format and panel discussions.

— what are the urgencies of Dutch spatial planning agenda?
— how has Dutch spatial planning responded to societal/ technological changes over time?
— what are the alternative instruments or components of a planning model
— how does society need to organise itself in order to become resilient?
— how can spatial planning guidance contribute to empowering resilient societies?

What can you expect from the Dialogue?

— platform to voice your opinions, reflecting upon the spatial planning, development policies and implementation processes.
— opportunity to discuss and share knowledge among peer-group of decision makers in the Netherlands.
— international reflection on the Dutch spatial planning system and agenda.
— comparative learnings in spatial planning and regional policy approaches across Europe.
— qualitative interviews with key actors and experts.
— podium to put forward the right questions to be researched in relation to the present and future urgencies.
— continuous publication and a dedicated dissemination strategy.
— a side-result: insights into new visualisation techniques.

At the end of two years, the expected products of the co-creative process of the new planning dialogue will be the following.

a publication : combining all the results and process of 2 years.
new model : a co-created framework
research into practice : an efficient working method with the involved practitioners.

Groundwork, 4th July 2019 Groundwork, 4th July 2019. The New Planning

Partner and Stakeholders

By creating a consortium of academicians, governments, private companies and civil society, and using insights from numerous international examples, we propose to create a pro-active ways of working in the field of planning. Other than the 4 partners we are including the social partners as experts, practitioners and collaborators, from international and national backgrounds.

Dutch Collaborators

Nationale Omgevingsvisie –NOVI Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat Interprovinciaal Overleg (IPO) Provincie Gelderland Provincie Noord- Holland Provincie Groningen Provincie Noord Brabant Gemeente Den Haag Gemeente Rotterdam Gemeente Amsterdam Gemeente Utrecht Gemeente Leiden Staatbosbeheer Rijkswaterstaat Arcadis Nederland B.V. PBL Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, Arcadis Nederland BV

International Collaborators

De Open Kaart, The Netherlands Paris Metropolitan Region Planning Agency, France Town and Country Planning Association, UK Department of Strategy, Belgium Metropolregion Rheinland, Germany, Demos Helsinki, Finland City Planning Department – City of Malmö Sweden, University of Lisbon, Portugal University of Manchester, UK TU München, Germany Université Lumière Lyon, France Ghent University, Gent, Belgium, Departement Omgeving Vlaanderen, Lunds universitet, l’Institut d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme de la Région Île-de- France, Benelux, Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwichlung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (MBWSV), , Regionalverband Ruhr, City of Helsinki, OVAM


Arcadis Nederland BV, Gemeente Amsterdam – Ruimte & Duurzaamheid, Gemeente Rotterdam, BZK – Directie Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat – IenW, Gemeente Zwolle, Gemeente Leiden, Provincie Gelderland,Provincie Groningen, Provincie Zuid-Holland, Gemeente Den Haag, Wolf, IenM – Mobiliteit

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