Mastering the plan for a new village center

July 4, 2023

When a traditional planning approach to redesign the center of a Dutch village did not lead to the desired results, the municipality turned to includi for a fresh approach. Local people’s ideas play an indispensable role in this process, helping to create a new Master Plan step by step.

It must be here by the end of the year: includi’s Master Plan for the village of Eelde, based in the municipality of Tynaarlo in the province of Drenthe. It includes ideas for the infill of public space, such as the division of green space, parking and housing, along with retail and cultural-social functions, such as possibly a library and museum.

Pleasant surroundings, healthy community

We specialize in the development of accessible public spaces that connect people; therefore we will not draw up this plan alone. Urban environments influence how we feel*. This means adequate attention must be given to user research and citizen participation. The includi team wants to give all Eelde residents the chance to think along. People will be involved through various activities, including walk-in workshops for all residents, an online survey, conversations with so-called stakeholders and several focus groups. The slogan “Ideeën voor Eelde? Zeg ’t maar” (“Ideas for Eelde. Just say it”) encapsulates this mission.

The public kick-off of this new project took place at the yearly “Eelder Jaarmarkt”. includi was present with a special stand, conducting street interviews, gaining local insights and more. The infographic shows when and how Eelde residents can make their voices heard.

Eelde’s evolution is just getting started!

* Source: Exploring how the urban neighborhood environment influences mental well-being using walking interviews, Health & Place, Elsevier 2020


Client: Municipality of Tynaarlo
Center Development Eelde: includi (team: Aat Vos, Amy Goedhart, Niels van Veen, Pepijn Vos, Sjoerd Rekker, Tom IJmker), Peter Gosselaar (Gosselaar Consultancy BV)
Photos & video: Marco Heyda 
Roadmap/infographic: © includi