Plans for the construction of the Humanities Campus of Leiden University will be discussed next week. From April 2 to May 13, stakeholders can respond to the controversial plan among local residents.
Leiden University wants to develop a city center campus in the area between Witte Singel and Doelengracht. The plan for the Humanities Campus includes the renovation and conversion of a number of faculty buildings, the demolition of the Lipsius building, the construction of a new central education building, a new building with student offices (now located in the Kaiserstraat, in the Plexus building), the construction of a green central square, the redevelopment of the streets in the area and the acquisition and demolition of the Doelen complex of the De Sleutels housing association.
There is a lot of resistance, in particular, against the demolition of social rental homes in the so-called Doelen complex. Residents do not want to leave their homes. The offered alternative housing on the Waardgracht, Kaiserstraat and Langegracht cannot yet count on approval.
Incidentally, it is not the case that residents have to go to one of these alternatives. They will have city-wide urgency in their search for a new rental house should the plans go ahead. Whether that happens depends, among other things, on the participation. The draft zoning plan will be available for inspection from Friday 2 April.
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