What kind of housing?
The new district will operate a policy of housing diversity, with the aim of producing homes that are affordable for people in Brussels and adapted to contemporary domestic living.
There is also a determination to locate the different types of housing on the site in such a way as to foster a genuine social mix. Such a mix will be ensured at least at the level of each urban block, by avoiding any form of ghetto in which dwellings of the same type are clustered together in large units.
Across the entire site, 55% of the dwellings will be built and sold on the private market; 45% will be built through public funding. They will be intended for acquisition by people in the middle-income bracket (in the case of citydev.brussels housing) and people on modest incomes (in the case of housing built by the Housing Fund). The social rental housing will be built by the SLRB-BGHM, for the public service property companies (SISPs) operating in the municipalities of Schaerbeek and Evere.
All dwellings will meet high architectural quality requirements and the developers that build them will be encouraged to exceed the legally applicable environmental standards.
How many homes?
The number of dwellings has not yet been finalised, as the final number to be built will be set out in the Master Plan (PAD) to be approved by the Brussels Government. The number of dwellings will depend on the size and the density of the buildings.
The draft master plan approved in 2014 set the number of dwellings at 1,839 for the entire site. The various studies carried out since 2014 have led to a reduction in housing density and a slight increase in the average floor space of each home (to ensure larger houses for families).
The current thinking suggests that there will be around 1,600 homes.