New housing target will be missed again this year

New waterfront housing. Photo:

Some 90,000 new homes will have been built or created in repurposed buildings this year, almost 10,000 below target, according to housing minister Hugo de Jonge’s latest update.

On top of the target of 900,000 new homes by 2030, a further 400,000 will be needed in the following decade, thanks in part to migration, De Jonge said.

“One unpredictable factor is immigration as a consequence of international conflicts,” De Jonge said.

The next cabinet, he said, will have to face “important choices” because both “physical and financial space will have to be found to meet the housing requirements and develop a cohesive, long-term vision for the country”.

Reducing immigration and building more homes have become key themes in the November 22 election campaign.

The number of homes created by converting defunct office blocks and other buildings into housing fell again last year, national statistics agency CBS said earlier this month.

Last year, some 3,000 apartments were created by transforming offices, down 30% on 2021, the CBS said. According to CBS figures, the Dutch housing stock rose by 74,600 units last year.

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