In 1950 the then Minister for Reconstruction and Housing instructed the Permanent Commission of the National Planning Service (Vaste Commissie van de Rijksdienst voor het Nationale Plan) to set up a Committee for the Western Region (Werkcommissie Westen des Lands) with the terms of reference: firstly, to conduct a comprehensive survey of the problems arising from present and anticipated development in the western part of the country from the viewpoint of national physical planning; secondly, to propose measures that ought to be taken, giving priority to (a) the environs of IJmond, and (b) the agglomeration of The Hague; and thirdly, to devise a form of co-operation in planning research between the Permanent Commission and the provincial councils of North Holland, South Holland and Utrecht, and the city councils of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
KeywordsWestern Region Urban Expansion Heavy Industry Road Transport Urban Agglomeration
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- 1.Rapport: De Ontwikkeling van het Westen des Lands (Staatsdrukkerij, The Hague, January 1958). A detailed explanation: Toelichting — De Ontwikkeling van het Westen des Lands was published by the same (Government) printer in June 1958.Google Scholar
- 2.Made by Ir. M. le Cosquino de Bussy. He favoured the expansion of some of the existing nucleii in the green heart rather than undue decentralization of the Randstad farther afield, e.g. in the North Holland peninsula and the IJsselmeerpolders.Google Scholar
- 3.An under-estimation in the Report: Amsterdam alone now has some 20,000 sub-standard dwellings.Google Scholar
- 4.Quoted in Toelichting (reference 1 above), p. 62.Google Scholar
- 5.Statistisch Zakboek, 1960. By 1961, 1962 and 1963 the figures had risen to 15, 13 and 11 inhabitants, respectively, per car.Google Scholar