Municipality of Meppel and VanWonen Sign Agreement for De Tuinkamer

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The bench of Mayor and Aldermen and developer VanWonen have reached an agreement on the ‘De Tuinkamer’ (literal translation: ‘Garden Room’) plan. Over the next few years, 102 new homes will be built in the Parkwonen 3/4/5 sub-area of the Nieuwveense Landen district. The homes will range from back-to-back to detached houses. The purchase and development agreement was signed today at the Provada real estate fair in Amsterdam. 

Alderman Robin van Ulzen is thrilled about the arrival of ‘De Tuinkamer’; “The variety and spacious layout make this plan unique. There is room for both first-time home buyers and those moving up on the housing ladder. So living in the countryside is not just for the privileged few.”

VanWonen director André ten Vergert adds: “In De Tuinkamer, people will be living in a sustainable home nestled in the green countryside, yet with Meppel’s vibrant city centre just a short distance away.”

De Tuinkamer
The layout of the urban plan is based on the historical structures in villages in Drenthe. In the old days, houses in the village centres were often clustered around a ‘brink’, a central green. But many villages also stretched out along a road, like ribbons on the landscape. These are known as ribbon villages. ‘De Tuinkamer’ is like that. The gardens of the houses naturally connect to the landscaped park, which thus forms an extension of the gardens. The plan only includes natural property boundaries, such as hedges and brush fences. This is how VanWonen realizes rural living in Nieuwveense Landen, in partnership with wUrck architectuur stedenbouw landschap.

The plan for De Tuinkamer will be developed in phases. VanWonen will start the pre-sale of the first phase of De Tuinkamer this week. The handover of the first homes is scheduled for early 2026. More information:

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