Urban development plan for the centre of Raalte approved
Last Wednesday 12 January, the Municipal Executive of Raalte adopted the development plan for the Grote Markt and De Plas. This has led to positive reactions among residents according to an article in newspaper de Stentor. A year earlier, 1,500 residents had expressed a preference for the design of a small-scale square based on three design scenarios by IAA Architecten. A square where there is more greenery but where events can also take place, a square with a village character where it is pleasant to shop and stay. Now that the plans have been approved, preparations for implementation can begin.
A green, small-scale centre
The current squares feature lots of stone and do not invite to stay for extended times. With climate change in mind, there is also a challenge to combat heat stress and limit the effects of extreme rain showers. The task was to make the squares much more convivial and green. At the same time, space should remain for events, such as the Salland Harvest Festival Stöppelhaene.
The Raalte identity
The most important task was for Raalte residents to be able to identify with the squares. Therefore, the design was made in close cooperation with the population, entrepreneurs and local residents. We brought together all their wishes, as well as the technical preconditions (e.g. the size of the terraces, drive-through widths, access for emergency services, wheelchair and walker accessibility, turning circles for supplies and parade floats) in the design. Initial reactions indicate that the squares really can become the village's central place again.
Looking around in a 360-degree view
Take a virtual look around the new centre as if you were standing in it.