- The ecological majority presented the main lines of its program in terms of town planning.
- She wants to break with the major real estate transactions of recent years while continuing to build.
- It will focus on areas that are already artificial, by increasing the production of social housing.
“The people of Bordeaux are realizing that we can no longer find housing and that we have concreted outrageously, this is the situation we are inheriting! », Summarizes Pierre Hurmic, the mayor (EELV) of Bordeaux. Based on this observation, the majority presented this Tuesday in city council its project which inaugurates the era of “regulated town planning” as opposed to “free town planning” illustrated by the project initiated on Brazza.
Fabien Robert, opposition municipal councilor of the Bordeaux Ensemble group (LR-Modem), took up the argument dear to Alain Juppé, according to which it is a need to build ever more to control prices. He was alarmed by the drop in production, with the mayor’s announced desire to stop the project in the Amédée-Saint-Germain sector, for example. “The shock of supply is an illusion that does not work, we have seen that prices have only increased”, replied Bernard Blanc, the assistant for town planning.
A severe assessment
The major operations carried out in recent years are judged harshly by the new majority. “We observe that there has been a standardization and an evolution of the city entrusted to the private sector in these different urban planning figures,” said Bernard Blanc. Thus between 2015 and 2016: 70% of the production of housing was made on the logic of tax-exempt products ”. The assistant illustrates his point by scrolling through visuals of Ginko, Bassins à flot or Euratlantique.
“Bordeaux had an important land heritage which was squandered, especially on the right bank”, adds Marie Claude Noël, municipal councilor delegated to Bernard Blanc. The latter believes that the city has been delivered to the appetites of developers and that one of the consequences has been an increase in land prices, particularly damaging for social landlords for whom it has become unaffordable.
Increase the number of social housing
The new majority want to build 3,000 housing units per year, including 1,500 social housing units. Currently the city has 18.5% of social housing, while the law sets a target of 25% for 2025. “Do not be worried, we have set ambitious goals and count on us to get there,” said the mayor of Bordeaux to Thomas Cazenave, from the Renouveau Bordeaux group (LREM) who believes that the objective will not be reached.
But now, it wants to limit as much as possible the artificialization of soils so it will continue to build, but in areas that have already been built. “Zero artificialization, the city over the city, it’s a pirouette, annoys Thomas Cazenave. Where are you going to build? “. “We have levers to build in the diffuse”, replies Bernard Blanc, evoking precision operations that will be allowed by a modification of the PLH (local housing program.) “We are not against density and it is there on operations that you have initiated, ”he adds.
“Listening to you it feels like a Disney, comments Philippe Poutou, from the group Bordeaux en Luttes (FI, NPA) but we do not see what means you are going to give yourself. to thwart the unlimited appetites of promoters? We defend the idea of a public housing service, and the implementation of private control tools and constraints. “
The majority argued that it had planned for this part of its program an envelope which is 1.7 million euros higher than that of the former term of office. Signing the end of major real estate operations (but those already launched will continue), the environmentalist majority wants to build in the city’s hollow teeth, by vegetating as much as possible and by working to make the city more accessible. The city of Bordeaux was also selected to participate in the experiment with rent control.