The Flemish government has announced the delivery of the building permit for the Uplace Machelen project, near Brussels. This marks an important milestone in the development of the reconversion project. The next and final step in the permitting process will be the delivery of the environmental permit by the Flemish government in early 2012.
On September 28, 2010, following the positive advice of the National Socio-Economic Committee, the municipality of Machelen granted the socio-economic permit to Uplace's project in Machelen.
In early 2012, the Flemish government will issue a final decision on the delivery of the third and last permit, the environmental permit, following the earlier refusal of the Province of Flemish-Brabant.
On September 15, 2011 the Province of Flemish-Brabant, decided not to deliver the environmental permit going against prior unanimous positive advice and for reasons that fall outside the scope of the environmental permit. Uplace expects to obtain the environmental permit in the first quarter of 2012.
About Uplace Machelen
At the heart of an area identified by government as a priority for redevelopment of brownfield land, Uplace Machelen is taking shape as the catalyst for the reconversion of the Machelen Canal zone site, next to the Brussels beltway.
Uplace will bring a vibrant all-in-one destination to the region that combines offices, shopping, a theater, green space, food and drink, a trendy hotel and ample parking space. The development will bring thousands of newly created jobs to the region and improve overall accessibility for the area. The infrastructure works will be carried out by the Flemish government with Uplace investing partly in the development of the works.