Case study 1 – Nijmegen railway station area

The Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region (SAN) in the Netherlands will analyse the development of the Nijmegen railway station area and investigate the options for renewable energy use and sustainable building issues.

Nijmegen stationThe case study supports the new policy approach which is being developed in the Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region (the so-called ‘Green Agreement’). In April 2013, municipalities, social housing organisations and the building industry will sign an agreement which commits them to a structured process approach of sustainable building and sustainable spatial development by using common design and decision support tools (GPR Sustainable Buildings and GPR Sustainable Urban Planning). In this case study, the municipality of Nijmegen will investigate the options for renewable energy use and sustainable building issues with stakeholders and set targets for the area by using the planning tool. The municipality will also involve more experienced municipalities to exchange lessons learnt in previous projects, concerning the actual integration of sustainable energy and sustainable building in the planning as well as the safeguarding of ambitions during the actual implementation of plans. The case will also be evaluated at a higher level, by the steering committee of the ‘Green Agreement’ and will thus contribute to a structured approach for the whole city region.