SECPLAN - Planning for Sustainable Second-Home Development

SECPLAN - Planning for Sustainable Second-Home Development

SECPLAN responds to the societal need of strengthening the role of planning in making second-home development sustainable.

prosjekt

About/Aims
Background

Second homes in Norway have undergone rapid growth and modernization in the past years. This increasingly represents an important sustainability challenge including both environmental protection and climate change. However, planning which has a great potential to steer the development towards being more environmentally- and climate-friendly has not yet been able to meet this challenge. Against this background, SECPLAN aims to strengthen the role of planning in making second-home development sustainable.

Objective

The overall objective of SECPLAN is to improve second-home planning in order to promote sustainable development of second homes.

Sub-objectives:

  1. Conceptualize scenarios of sustainable second-home development and planning.
  2. Assess to what extent and how current second-home planning has considered sustainable development.
  3. Identify barriers, challenges and potentials for developing sustainable second-home planning and propose needed changes.
  4. Gain insights into the impacts of planning systems on sustainable second-home development by comparing Norway and Denmark.
  5. Develop planning strategies for sustainable second-home development.
  6. Enhance competence and capability among planning practitioners and students in developing sustainable second-home planning.
More about the project
Work packages

SECPLAN includes six work packages:

WP1: Conceptualizing scenarios of sustainable second-home development and planning

WP2: Assessing sustainability considerations in existing second-home planning system and municipal planning practices

WP3: Identifying barriers, challenges and potentials for making sustainable second-home planning

WP4: Comparing second-home planning between Norway and Denmark

WP5: Co-production of planning strategies for sustainable second-home development

WP6: Integrating education, research and practice in the field of sustainable second-home planning

Partners

Our research patterns include University of Agder, Telemark Research Institute, and Aalborg University. We also collaborate closely with national, regional and local planning authorities and policy makers, including Vestfold and Telemark County (VTFK), Valdres Nature and Culture Park (VNKP), Øystre Slidre Municipality (ØSK), the Norwegian Environment Agency (Mdir), and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS). VTFK, VNKP, and ØSK serve as cases in the project.