Press release

Published: 15 March 20Last change: 17 March 2022

In order to keep The Hague an attractive place to live and work in the future, more attention is needed for the balance between the two. The Municipal Executive notes a growing shortage of space for companies and industrial estates. Alderman Saskia Bruines describes this in an emergency letter containing six measures.

Business parks and industrial space account for approximately 10 % of jobs in The Hague. There is a shortage of space for this kind of activity, which hinders the economic growth of the city. Growing companies are moving away due to the limited supply of physical space. Companies that consider establishing themselves in The Hague regularly refrain from doing so because they cannot find a suitable location.

Alderman Bruines: “The city is growing and that also requires for enough jobs. In order to be able to innovate and expand, sufficient space must be created for small and medium-sized businesses in The Hague and other (starting) companies that want to establish themselves here. This is important for economic growth and the city’s business climate. We see that companies that now have to relocate due to housing construction do not have sufficient security for a new location. That worries me greatly, we will have to reserve space exclusively for activity.”Lack of sliding space

Roughly there are for each 000 residents need 5 jobs. In addition to offices, shops and catering, these jobs can also be found on industrial estates. These are mainly SMEs in the urban maintenance industry (repair, bakeries, contractors), (urban) logistics and the manufacturing industry. Moving successful companies to larger premises prevents them from moving out of the city or region. If relocation is not possible, there will be no space at the existing location to get started with something new.

Approach via 6 measures

Despite the necessary progress made in recent years, such as collaboration with entrepreneurs in business parks and the realization of a number of multi-company buildings, there is great urgency. In order to solve this problem and restore the balance between supply and demand, the Commission proposes six measures. One of these is the appointment of a development manager who will work on the realization of 20. m² commercial space on both existing industrial estates and at new locations such as the GAVI plot. The municipality also wants to create more clarity for entrepreneurs and owners in the field of policy and will support the involved business associations where possible. It is also being investigated whether the municipality itself can take a more active role in the redevelopment of industrial space and will enter into new coalitions with partners in the city, region and central government. The new city council must make a decision on a number of measures.

Read the complete urgent letter here

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