Spatial planning procedures and property prices: The role of expectations

G. Cotteleer, J. Peerlings

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The objective of this paper is to show if, and to what extent, spatial planning procedures affect residential property prices. To answer this question we used data on residential property prices from an area in the Netherlands called Midden-Delfland. In this area policy plans and decisions on the construction of the highway A4 have been made since the 1960s. However, the plans have yet to be executed. The data we used are from the period 1996 to 2006. Using a hedonic pricing method we were able to investigate the effect of the policy plans and decisions made on property prices in this period. When the construction plans seemed to be rather definitive, sellers and buyers on the market for residential properties wanted to pay significantly lower prices for properties in close proximity to the planned A4. However, if plans fell apart, because of protests or other reasons, the prices sellers and buyers wanted to pay were insignificantly affected by the proximity to the planned A4. Outcomes of this research could be used to develop efficient compensation schemes helping to reduce resistance against large infrastructural plans
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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  • land-use
  • functional form
  • urban forest
  • values
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  • choice
  • model

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