Amsterdam lifts moratorium on data centre construction in Haarlemmermeer



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It has been agreed upon that there will be a designated number of business parks where data centres can be built and expanded.

Last week Tuesday, The Dutch municipality of Haarlemmermeer proposed to the City Council that it agrees with the main points of the Haarlemmermeer Data Centre Policy.

The city government proposed a new multi-year plan to 2030, which is set to be open for the public’s input in the coming weeks.

The Dutch Data Center Association (DDA) said it was pleased that the policy came through and is looking forward to the City Council’s judgement after the summer.

All other business parks and lands such as rural areas or residential areas are excluded from the approved plots that data centres can be built on.

The Dutch DDA said that the municipality is committed to moderate growth and concentration of data centres until 2030. After 2030, there will no longer be space available in the municipality for data centres.


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Until now, the municipality lacked tools to determine where data centres are allowed to locate, but with the data centre policy, the municipality will be able to monitor the construction of data centres.

“Given the economic importance and the growth ambition of the sector, this policy is urgently needed,” said Alderman Marja Ruigrok, Economic Affairs and Innovation.

“Because the college considers spatial quality of great importance, we have included strict conditions for the establishment of data centres in our municipality. Only the most innovative, sustainable and green data centres are welcome.”

Almost a year ago, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area put a pause on the construction of new data centres in the region, which included Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer.

Originally, the temporary pause was for the city to initially seek guidance on maintaining the data centres it already hosts, as well as to come up with a sustainability strategy.