The city council of The Hague is given twenty weeks to improve the rules for parking in the zoning plan for the expansion of Madurodam theme park. The Administrative Jurisdiction Division finds the fears of local residents and the Tree Foundation in The Hague justified that the expansion of Madurodam with the existing rules in the zoning plan could lead to an unacceptable increase in parking pressure in the area. All other objections they had against the expansion of Madurodam were unsuccessful, such as the necessity of the expansion, damage to urban greenery and noise pollution. This is apparent from a so-called interim ruling today (1 September 2021).
There is currently no limit to the maximum number of visitors in the zoning plan, while it must be assumed that the number of visitors will increase on peak days due to the renewal and expansion of the amusement park. The city council has also not guaranteed the availability of extra parking spaces in the zoning plan, while they are necessary on busier days, according to the highest administrative court. The city council of The Hague must make a new and more substantiated decision on this. The Administrative Jurisdiction Division will then assess in a final decision whether the new parking regulations in the zoning plan are adequate.
The zoning plan 'Madurodam'
The zoning plan makes it possible to expand Madurodam amusement park with an area of 0,6 hectares. The plan expands the building possibilities in the park by 4.000 m2 to a total of 12.500 m2. For the expansion, part of the Scheveningse Bosjes that are located next to Madurodam must be cut down. The zoning plan stipulates that trees must be planted in an area of 1 hectare between the so-called turning loop next to George Maduroplein, the Hubertusviaduct and Koninginnegracht to compensate for the felling of trees in the Scheveningse Bosjes. Council of State.
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