Province and Municipalities to develop a vision for horticulture Oostland

The Province of Zuid-Holland and the municipalities of Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Lansingerland, Zuidplas and Waddinxveen will start work on the development of a spatial-economic vision for the horticulture region Oostland. This vision will contribute to the sustainability of the Oostland part of the Greenport West-Holland.

On 14 March, administrators of the Province and the municipalities launched the first part to come to such a vision. This happened at horticultural holding LG Flowers in Pijnacker-Nootdorp, in the presence of a number of local entrepreneurs. The exploration phase will last until the end of December 2018.

Prelude to vision and agreements

Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra (Ministry of Spatial Planning and Economic Affairs): “After Westland we, together with the municipalities and the business community, are now mapping the horticulture industry in Oostland. The exploration will shed light on valuable data and trends and is a prelude to a vision and additional agreements for a sustainable horticulture in Oostland.”

Mapping the area

The area to be mapped comprises the municipalities of Lansingerland, Pijnacker-Nootdorp and Zuidplas, including Waddinxveen, where the Glasparel+ (in which the horticultural sector is integrated with other economic activities, recreational facilities and housing) and other such projects are concerned. Data regarding the horticulture and similar activities, the operating surfaces, the age and life expectancy of the glasshouses in this area will be collected. In addition, the authorities will also look at the state of innovation, sustainabilization and energy transition in the area. The whole project will be completed with a lot of assistance from the industry. Based on this relevant information, the municipalities and the province will develop a supralocal vision and policy for Oostland.