This is absolutely the most respected sustainable case of Royal Smals. In 45 years, the ‘Kraaijenbergse Plassen’ is one of the best integrated rural area developments ever to be undertaken in The Netherlands. It is one of the largest extractions of raw materials and earth removal operations connected to the inland river system network. What used to be an area of meadows and cows is now used for homes, recreation and nature.
Together with the local council, residents and other stakeholders, we developed a plan for a total area of 1,200 hectares. This beautiful residential area where houses can be reached by car and boat has been realised. We created beaches, mooring sites, landmarks and nature areas. The total water/shore line created has a length in excess of 25 kilometers. The development gives special attention to the natural habitat of the badger.
With the extraction of raw materials in combination with area development, a fund was set up for ongoing maintenance. The fund is nowadays managed by the local council. In this case we have shown that it is possible to deal with many environmental aspects, interested communities and the government. This is a great example of how we are taking responsibility for a better future.