Prague’s new housing strategy includes plans for 9,000 apartments each year

The Prague Planning and Development Institute (IPR Prague) has published a new plan for the future development of housing in the city.

The Housing Development Strategy, which replaces a 2004 document, focuses on building affordable and quality housing, increasing the number of municipal apartments, and cooperation between the city and major housing stakeholders.

Most new housing construction will take place on unused brownfield sites and on suitable municipal land. The new document takes more account of the current needs of the developing city and aims to ensure that Prague no longer has some of the lowest levels of affordable housing in European capitals.

The new housing strategy includes five priority areas: construction of affordable and quality housing, development of the municipal housing fund, sustainable housing for specific population groups, attractive housing throughout Prague and cooperation between the city ​​and key players.

Petr Hlaváček, Deputy Mayor of Prague for Spatial Development and Spatial Planning, says: “It is in Prague’s own interest to create a sufficient number of new affordable apartments. At the same time, we must focus on improving the quality and attractiveness of housing and on improving its sustainability. It will also improve the living conditions of the people of Prague.. “

In order for Prague to expand the range of affordable and high-quality apartments, the city must focus on accelerating the construction of apartment buildings; for example, by adopting the Metropolitan Plan. It is also essential that the capital carries out real estate projects involving the active involvement of tenants and housing associations, and increasing the quality of new projects in terms of sustainability.

Hana Kordová Marvanová, Prague City Councilor for Housing Assistance, adds: “Only a coordinated approach and the parallel use of different tools will meet the needs of all population groups. The city’s active involvement takes several forms. A proven path is the construction of apartments by housing cooperatives, in which the city participates by jointly founding housing associations, becoming members of them, providing suitable land on which to build and establishing the right of associations to build up to 99 years. The costs of purchasing a housing cooperative apartment are thus reduced by up to a third compared to market prices in the given location.. “

The new housing strategy includes a number of specific objectives. Nine thousand new apartments are expected to be built in Prague each year, compared to the 5,500 that are currently built each year.

The number of municipal apartments is expected to increase to a minimum of 35,000 by 2030, and the capital is expected to have a minimum of 5,000 social housing apartments. The strategy also addresses the Airbnb issue, proposing that the total number of apartments on that platform be reduced from over 11,000 to 5,000.

New apartment buildings are expected to be built mainly in the so-called “transformation zones” of the city, which represent 7.5% of the area of ​​Prague. The greatest housing potential is found in the areas of Bubny (up to 27,000 inhabitants), Nákladové nádraží Žižkov (up to 15,000 inhabitants), Smíchovské nádraží, Rohanské nábřeží and Nová Ruzyně, among others.

Ondřej Boháč, director of IPR Prague, notes: “The new concept gives Prague the hope of becoming a better city for all its inhabitants. The city should try to ensure that new housing is created mainly in compact and well-equipped urban locations, and leads to a “city of short distances”. It will also reduce the costs of the required infrastructure.. “

In order to achieve the objectives of the strategy, IPR Prague is developing two action plans, one for the years 2021-2025 and the other for the years 2026-2030. The plans will take into account specific actions and activities, with a clear timetable and budget.

Pavel Zelenka, chairman of the Prague City Assembly committee for housing, notes that “The objective is not to build new housing estates all at once, as was done in the 1970s, but to have a thoughtful and systematic housing fund that will serve teachers, health workers, emergency responders and other professions essential to the functioning of the city, and to ensure decent housing for families and people with emergency housing needs. “

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