Creating a suitable VAB-policy
The agricultural vacancy rate in the Netherlands has grown considerably in recent decades. In particular, this includes buildings that were built between 1970 and 2000 and therefore contain asbestos, which makes them expensive to demolish and difficult to reuse. This study examines the effectiveness of government policy of preventing or resolving VAB problems on the basis of the experiences of those municipalities and provinces in which the problems are greatest. The main question of the study is: To what extent are the preventive and curative spatial instruments of the central government effective for the provinces and municipalities with regard to solving the problems concerning released agricultural buildings? The conclusion is that the current spatial set of instruments at the national level is inadequate and ineffective for municipalities and provinces in which the VAB problems play a role in resolving or preventing these issues. To be able to solve the problem in these regions, it is necessary to change the law or to develop new regulations.
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