Ghelamco loses final straw for Eurostadion constructionSeptember 6, 2019
The project developer Ghelamco will definitely not get a permit to build the Eurostadion on parking C of the Heysel in Brussels.
The Council for Permit Disputes, a Flemish administrative authority to appeal against rejected building applications, sends the Eurostadion all the way back to. The Council rejects the appeal filed by client Ghelamco against the decision of Flemish Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) in early 2018 not to grant an environmental permit. This consists of a combined package of a building and environmental permit.
The stadium with 60,000 seats should have been the Brussels location for the European Football Championship in 2020. That is being played for the first time in various European cities. But Brussels had to withdraw after Schauvliege had refused to issue a permit.
The reason was that, according to Schauvliege, the Eurostadion, which also includes car parks and an innovation campus, were not in accordance with the spatial plans. Such plans form the legal basis for construction projects and establish what is and is not possible.
Ghelamco was of the opinion that the maximum ceiling of 50,000 square meters had remained. But Schauvliege thought differently. According to her, Ghelamco only kept it at 45,000 square meters because the company only counted the field and the stands. The minister and her advisers thought that the catering industry in the stadium, the changing rooms and the VIP and event room should also be included. As a result, the project amply exceeded the imposed ceiling.
Schauvliege now agrees with the Council for Permit Disputes. Ghelamco can in principle still file a cassation appeal. An adapted project is also possible, although the question is how realistic that is. In the meantime, the football association and the sports event company Golazo made a counter proposal for a renovation of the existing King Baudouin Stadium.
The plan consists of a multi-sports stadium with 40,000 seats for the Red Devils and other sports. The cost price is estimated at 150 to 200 million euros, financed by the federal government and the regions. But it is uncertain whether that project can be completed quickly.
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