ROTTERDAM, 24 May 2023 – In a significant development for Rotterdam's Oostflank, plans have been unveiled for the addition of 30,000 new homes in the area. This ambitious project, encompassing a new city bridge, public transport improvements, and an increase in jobs and local amenities, promises to reshape the city's eastern districts. Public feedback on the proposed changes is welcomed, marking the commencement of an exciting chapter in Rotterdam's urban development.
Public transport and housing expansion
The city bridge between Kralingen and IJsselmonde, bolstered by a fast tram line connecting Kralingse Zoom and Zuidplein, paves the way for extensive residential construction on the city's east flank. Alderman Chantal Zeegers (Climate, Construction, and Housing) commented on the project's ambitious scope, “With 30,000 additional homes, we are assisting a substantial number of Rotterdam house seekers. But our city government has more than just providing a roof over your head in mind. We aim to create delightful living spaces! Places where children can attend school, public transport is easily accessible, and where residents can enjoy sports and green spaces in their neighbourhood.”
Most of the new homes, facilities, and businesses are planned near existing and new public transport hubs, including Rotterdam Alexander Station, Kralingse Zoom metro station, future Stadionpark Station, and Zuidplein metro station (near Hart van Zuid). There is also a desire to build additional homes in existing residential areas such as Het Lage Land, Prinsenland, De Esch, Bloemhof, and Hillesluis, whilst preserving the neighbourhoods' distinct character.
Towards a greener and more sustainable living
The city government is also investing in community gardens and local parks – green spaces in the immediate living environment that everyone can use. Alderman Vincent Karremans (Public Space and Mobility) stated, “Every square meter in the city must compete with many functions, such as greenery, parking, public transport, and housing. Therefore, we are planning to balance these requirements while creating a pleasant living environment.” These initiatives include connecting existing and new residential neighbourhoods through green networks and linking regional green areas.
Sports facilities and allotment gardens
While the number of sports fields in the East flank will remain constant, many sports clubs will relocate to a new sports complex in the Oostflank area, as current sports field locations are suitable for housing construction. Over the next decade, three allotment gardens in the area will make way for new homes, sports fields, and other amenities close to those homes. The city government is discussing transition and compensation arrangements with the allotment garden boards.
The city council invites public feedback on the changes proposed in the Rotterdam's urban vision from 30 May to 14 July. These perspectives may lead to adjustments in the plan. After the summer, the city council will make a decision on the final revision of the urban vision, taking into account the submitted views.