Yesterday, during the council meeting, the municipal council voted unanimously in favour of the construction of student accommodation on campus. The council gave permission for a building with 400 student rooms along Bornsesteeg road. The municipality also agreed to 200 student accommodation units being built in and around the centre.
By voting in favour of the policy document, the municipality is agreeing to a change in the land-use plan for the campus. This will make it possible for the university to sell or lease its land to Idealis. It is not clear how soon building work can start. Idealis and the University will need to hold talks.
A motion proposed by the Green Left political party to encourage temporary student accommodation in vacant offices was also accepted. This means it might eventually be possible for students to move into the buildings on Duivendaal road, which will become vacant at the end of the year when the Board Office moves out.