Annual Report 2020

BPD Europe can look back on a strong year in which we delivered another robust financial and operational performance in both the Netherlands and Germany. In total, BPD conducted more than 8,900 residential property transactions in hundreds of developments and subdevelopments, spread over about 250 municipalities in the Netherlands and Germany. We have developed more than 365,000 residential properties since 1946, the year in which our organisation was founded.
  • Publish date: 5 July 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic had a limited impact on our Dutch and German operations in the past  year, mainly in that it forced our people to work from home. Surprisingly, the public health crisis  did not affect sales of residential properties in the Netherlands. This was attributable to the huge shortage of residential units, which is expected to rise to 400,000, i.e. 5% of the total Dutch  housing stock, in 2022. To make matters worse, we are also seeing increasing delays in planning  procedures. The not-in-my-backyard effect is becoming widespread, at least in the most densely  populated areas in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, this tends to lead to legal battles in the Netherlands, which are sometimes fought up to the Council of State, the highest Dutch general  administrative court. The average lead time of legal proceedings at this court is now between  three months to a year. Meanwhile, the shortage of affordable housing in particular continues to  rise. Housing is in danger of becoming unattainable for growing numbers of people.

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