Danish Parliament passes new rules for property development – The Post

Danish Parliament passes new rules for property development

The Planning Act offers more administrative concessions and opportunities

The new property development bill promises better development opportunities (photo: iStock)
June 9th, 2016 10:35 am| by Lucie Rychla

A broad majority in the Parliament has today adopted a new bill that sets the framework for property development in towns, the countryside and along the coasts.

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According to the Business and Growth Ministry, the new Planning Act provides better development opportunities, fewer restrictions, more administrative concessions and increased flexibility for development within protected coastal zones.

For instance, the agreement gives homeowners who live within the protected coastal zone the right to build a terrace or a shed without special permission.

The government had to drop a number of points from its original proposal that aimed at liberalising the previous legislation.

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Social housing
Venstre caved in to demands from Socialdemokraterne, and the requirement for new municipal apartment-buildings to grant at least 25 percent of their capacity to cheaper, social housing will be maintained.

The government also wanted to approve 15 major construction projects along the Danish coasts, but it was eventually decided to discuss this issue separately another time.

The Business and Growth Ministry estimates the new bill will help increase economic growth in Denmark by 2.5 billion kroner a year.