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Concentration of public services in municipal real estate in response to demographic transition

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Due to demographic transition (DT) and budget cuts, the municipal budget is under pressure, which nourishes the debate about municipal public real estate. An increasing number of regions in the Netherlands will cope with DT in the near future. Due to DT, the lower bound of the threshold for public services is reached sooner than in other areas which do not cope with DT (Rijk et.al., 2012). Due to such developments, the current de central spatial allocation of public services cannot be maintained. The concentration of (public) services is seen as beneficial by experts. The municipal councilors are mainly reluctant towards concentration and are eager to maintain all public services in all villages. This thesis provides insight in the preferences of the municipal actors and consequences of spatial allocation of public services in municipal real estate and attempts to show financial consequences. This research should contribute to the awareness of municipalities for the need to change the current structure of public facilities and related municipal real estate.

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