The Province Utrecht has refused permission to the enterprise behind the former royal domain and palace Soestdijk in Baarn, Utrecht.
To finance the exploitation of the palace, the enterprise wanted to construct luxury houses in the ancient forest on the palace domain. See plan below. The Province thought this was an unacceptable act in a culture-historical valuable landscap: since the construction of the palace in 1674 by Willem III of Nassau, Prince of Orange, the forest on the domain has remained intact.
The enterprise which bought the domain and the palace stated that without these houses they can not have a sufficient yield on their investment. The Province only allows the former barracks of the Royal Marechaussee to be demolished and that plot of land can be developed.
This setback for the enterprise probably means they will return Soestdijk Palace and the domain to the State, which can donate it to Natuurmonumenten or something, making the nature the primary feature of the domain. The Province is not only afraid to loose valuable nature: it is also afraid to set a precedent for other beautiful historic domains in the rest if the province.
Pic of the plans to develop houses: https://images2.persgroep.net/rcs/PZ...7f&quality=0.9
The former barracks of the Royal Marechaussee in front of the palace is the only allowed development:
The barracks in front and behind the lush forest.