End of the road for UPLACE?

What is being described as a ‘fatal blow’ for the Uplace project at Machelen alongside the Brussels Ring, was dealt a few days ago. The Flemish administration has annulled the planning permit for the complex.

The Uplace project has been controversial since its inception, and has been the subject of appeals and counter-appeals, permits granted and then cancelled… its proximity to the (also controversial) Neo project on the Heysel plateau, has also been a subject of contention.

The latest blow, which may indeed signal the final end of Uplace, comes as a result of objections from three associations: Greenpeace, Bond Beer Leefmilieu and Bral. In a communiqué released by these, they say: ‘The definitive fatal blow dealt to this retrograde project is very good news. We have been opposed to Uplace from the outset. A large shopping centre in a location which is only accessible by car is irreconcilable with the challenges in the domains of air pollution, climate, traffic and land use’.