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 is held from 18 May to 16 June 2022.
- Programme of the Versailles sustainable district contract (PDF, 22.84 MB) (in French and Dutch)
- Priorities of the Versailles sustainable district contract (PDF, 18.09 MB) (in French and Dutch)
- Diagnosis of the Versailles sustainable district contract (PDF, 44.21 MB) (in French and Dutch)
- Report on the environmental impact of the Versailles sustainable district contract project (PDF, 1.28 MB) (in French)
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 runs 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.
- Versailles perimeter (PDF, 2.94 MB)
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:
- General principles of the District Committee (PDF, 161.55 KB) (in French)
A first information session is scheduled for 24 June 2021 at 6:30 pm at the 'Ecole primaire des Pagodes' (Avenue de Versailles 91-93 - 1120 Neder-Over-Heembeek). Registration is required:
The Versailles district contract benefits from a regional subsidy of 12.5 million euros.
The City of Brussels will release additional resources to develop an ambitious program.
The period from June 2021 to May 2022 is devoted to the development of the basic program, which includes a diagnosis of the district, the definition of priorities and an action plan. An environmental impact report is also being prepared to study the impact of the program on the environment of the residents of the neighborhood.
Throughout the year, various opportunities for meetings and exchanges (workshops, exploratory walks, meetings, interviews,...) are organized with local residents and associations.
The program must be approved by the City Council and the Brussels Capital Region by May 2022.
The program will start from June 2022, over a 50-month period.
The publications of the Versailles district contract are only available in Dutch and French.