The reduction in the top speed in March reduced nitrogen emissions to such an extent that construction of another 20,286 houses can begin this year. Due to a resolution of the State Council in May 2019, no approval could be given for the construction of these houses.
The speed limit on motorways provided enough “nitrogen space” so that the provinces could still issue permits for these houses, reports the Interior Ministry. There are a total of 65 permits.
Most of the houses are licensed in North Holland (5,966), Utrecht (5,347), South Holland (4,491), Gelderland (1,921), North Brabant (1,685), Drenthe (500) and Overijssel (373). This can be seen from figures from the Bij12 implementing organization.
According to the ministry, the corona measures, which have reduced traffic since spring, have no impact on the nitrogen space for permits. The resulting nitrogen gain is for nature.
In the Netherlands, a registration system has been set up to limit nitrogen emissions and precipitation. Since the Netherlands emits too much nitrogen and this damages the sensitive nature, (residential) construction projects have had to be postponed since the middle of last year.