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

01 okt. 2021 - 30 sep. 2025

Norwegian Research Council, 9.6 million NOK

  • 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.

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


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


External partners:

  • University of Agder
  • Aalborg University
  • Telemark Research Institute

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.

Selected publications and media

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