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.

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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.

The Context

The ‘new planning’ was conceptualised with the four main partners in July 2018. The project is aimed to be realized by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) grant as well as co-financing from various partners. The NWO pre-proposal was submitted in September 2018 under the theme of resilient societies, which will be the guiding factor for undertaking the research. A consortium of stakeholders was set up and to kick start the project, we organised the Matchmaking event, an interactive session in November 2018. Along with this, one-to-one meetings with practitioners is being carried out to draw reactions and conclusions from them to continue the ongoing discussions. 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’. Alongside with the preparation for a bigger research project, we are organising the practitioner activities starting from 2019, rather than waiting till September 2020 for the NWO grant.

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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.


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.

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

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.

The Research Project

The New Planning – Empowering Resilient Societies (EmpiReS)

EmpiReS seeks to meet the critical challenges that we are facing today to ensure a more resilient society. Building resilience requires integrated actions between different stakeholders. However, the current spatial planning and implementation tools are no longer equipped to cope with the changing ways of society. Moreover, the ambitions of the NOVI (Nationale Omgevingsvisie) also needs critical understanding to be implemented.

EmpiRes aims to develop innovative approaches and critically evaluate the current spatial planning techniques to formulate a road map for the dissemination of new governance models. The main research questions is “How can a new model of (spatial) planning contribute to empowering resilient societies?” The academic research is developing under the funding umbrella of NWO.

Two main methodologies will be used.

comparative analysis : a typology of planning approaches to the building of resilient societies from international cases.

a co-creative process :  The New Planning Dialogue – involves (will involve) national, provincial and local governments as well as societal actors in the building of a new spatial planning model.

Developments 2018

Project comprehension – July 2018

Our early collaborations has already helped to shape the pre-proposal and we expect the participants to provide a more in-depth understanding of their perspectives and benefits we can gain from the domestic analysis and international comparisons. The outcome will be an agreed set of most urgent priorities shared by stakeholders; agreement about the main tasks and data needed from key partners, agreement to take part in analysis and simulation exercises; and a wider network of contacts who will engage in dialogue and dissemination.

Pre-proposal submission NWO/NWA/ ORC – September 2018

The pre-proposal submission for NOW/NWA/ORC grant has been submitted and this will help provide financial support for carrying out the research. Under this funding, a theoretically informed evaluation of the current model that considers the need for policy integration, functional territorialism, democratic legitimacy, proportionality and engagement with citizens will be carried out that will accelerate the societal change. You can download the pre-proposal here for further understanding.

Matchmaking Event – November 2018

As the first step towards the project, we arranged an interactive meeting with the project partners and stakeholders, the NWO Matchmaking event. This event was an open invitation for all the other organisations who can contribute to the planning system of the Netherlands.

One-to-one meetings with practitioners and reactions from practitioners – Sep 2018 – December 2018

After the event, we have had a lot of meetings and discussions about this project with most of the involved organisations who are directly related with the planning system of the Netherlands. The reactions and feedback was very useful to form a direction for the proposal and was put together to from conclusion. You can download this document here.

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