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Versailles sustainable district contract

Versailles is the 19th district contract in the City of Brussels.

Since September 2021, citizens, local stakeholders, services of the City and of the Logement Bruxellois have been working hand in hand - with the support of the Karbon/Collectif Ipé engineering office - on the coconstruction of an action plan for the Versailles quarter in Neder-Over-Heembeek.

After 9 months of collective work, 5 district committees, 2 general assemblies and numerous meetings on the ground, the draft programme of the Versailles district contract is finally ready. It was officially presented to the neighbourhood committees on 22 March and approved by the Board on 28 April. A public inquiry was held from 18 May to 16 June 2022.

The City of Brussels and the Region are releasing 26 million euros to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Versailles quarter. On the programme:

  • A new centre with facilities of 2,000 m²: employment, sports, youth and parenting support
  • Improvement of public spaces and the green network:
    • Reinforcement and extension of the green corridor
    • Redevelopment of the concrete structures ('dalles')
    • Reallocation of the outdoor sports infrastructure
    • Safe crossing points on the Avenue de Versailles
  • Creating single-parent and intergenerational housing

The Versailles district contract also provides a budget of 2.6 million euros for calls for projects supporting socio-professional integration, youth, urban agriculture, culture, sports and stimulating local, civic and association initiatives.

The public inquiry of the draft programme ran from 18 May to 16 June 2022. The operational start of the district contract is expected in 2023 after the approval of the Board and the City Council and after validation of the complete file by the Government of the Brussels Capital Region.

The perimeter of this new district contract focuses on the 'Versailles' social housing complex located on the territory of Neder-Over-Heembeek. It is bounded by the Rue de la Tour Japonaise, Laskouter and Rue de Beyseghem.

'Thematic' project call

The thematic call for socio-economic projects aims to develop the socio-economic component of the Versailles sustainable district contract programme by selecting projects which will receive financial support for 4 years from 2023. The aim is to strengthen local projects and/or support new actions that correspond to the 9 priority themes defined in the basic programme of the district contract.

The call for projects of the Versailles sustainable district contract runs from 15 June till 10 October 2022 (applications must be submitted before noon). The total budget available for this call is 2,415,000 euros.

The call for projects is addressed to non-profit associations, public benefit foundations, social rental agencies, companies with a social purpose, as well as the services and Public Welfare Centre (CPAS-OCMW) of the City of Brussels.

Attachments (in French):

'Made in Versailles' project call

The programme of the Versailles sustainable district contract also includes a specific amount of 210,000 euros for the 'Made in Versailles' call for citizens' and association initiatives, which will be launched every year throughout the implementation period of the district contract. 'Made in Versailles' will be the subject of a specific regulation to be launched in 2023.

In order to bring this sustainable district contract to a successful conclusion, the City of Brussels wants to involve the residents and actors of the neighborhood throughout the process thanks to the creation of a citizens' panel that will be part of the 'District Committee', in charge of monitoring the development and implementation of the Versailles sustainable district contract.

In particular, the District Commission will have the task of contributing to the definition of the sustainable district contract and guiding the City of Brussels by issuing advice and recommendations as well as by sharing information and knowledge with a common goal: the elaboration of the projects according to the needs of the district.

Do you live in the perimeter of the new sustainable district contract? Do you work there? Would you like to be involved in the future of this district, offer your expertise and be a point of contact for the various users?

Then you can apply to participate in the District Commission of Versailles. Take this opportunity to participate in the elaboration of the program for the new sustainable district contract.

At least 12 citizens and 6 actors of the associations are appointed to participate actively in the development of the program of the new Versailles sustainable district contract.

They are selected in such a way that the diversity of the actors and the challenges of this district are represented as well as possible. Together with the services of the City of Brussels and the Region, they are setting up an action program to meet the needs of the district.

Register before 6 September 2021, using the following form:

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The Versailles district contract benefits from a regional subsidy of 12.5 million euros.

The City of Brussels is making an additional 5.8 million euros available to help develop an ambitious programme.

The period from July 2021 to April 2022 is devoted to the preparation of the basic programme, which includes a diagnosis of the neighbourhood, the identification of priorities and an action plan. An Environmental Impact Report will also be carried out in parallel in order to study the impact of the programme on the environment of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. Various meetings and exchanges (workshops, exploratory walks, meetings, interviews,...) were organised with the inhabitants, services and associations throughout the year.

The programme must be approved by the City Council and the Brussels Capital Region by September 2022.

The programme will start in January 2023 and continue until around 2028/2029.

The publications of the Versailles district contract are only available in Dutch and French.

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