The French Ministry of the City (Ministere de la ville) announced in December 2014 that seven neighborhoods out of the ten proposed in the Lille metropolitan area had been selected by the National Agency for Urban Renovation (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) for the New National Program of Urban Renewal (Nouveau programme national de renouvellement urbain).
The neighborhoods that have been selected include Nouveau Mons, Napoléon Boulevard and Rhin-et-Danube at Mons-en-Baroeul, Lille Sud Concorde à Lille, Bourgogne à Tourcoin, Oliveaux à Loos, as well as Roubaix. A third of the neighborhoods selected in the Nord-Pas de Calais are in the metropolitan area. This New National Program of Urban Renewal, which is a part of the jurisdiction of the urban planning policy (Politique de la Ville) of the Urban Community of Lille Métropole, began in January 2015 and is a key issue for the Lille metropolitan territory.
The aid received from the state is going to allow for the improvement of the lives of these neighborhoods’ citizens by addressing the availability and quality of housing, the development of public spaces, and the accessibility of these neighborhoods to the rest of the city. The aid will also be an economic development leverage because of the extent of the planned urban development work.
In addition to the seven neighborhoods that will benefit from the national funding, the projects Trois Baudets-Lionderie à Hem and the Villas à Wattrelos will benefit from additional regional support under the contract of the State-Region plan. The National Agency for Urban Renovation allowed the opportunity for the Prefect of the Region to choose additional neighborhoods for funding, thus the city remains mobilized to ensure that the neighborhoods that were not selected can also be supported.
This news constitutes a genuine chance for the local residents and a real opportunity for the municipalities and Lille Métropole to work with all the partner institutions and associations within the framework of this policy.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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