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New Firms in Former Farms: A Process with Two Faces

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The number of farms in the Netherlands is decreasing. As a result, many agricultural buildings are losing their original function and designation. This article describes the re-use of former agricultural buildings by non-agricultural entrepreneurs. These new activities imply changes to the rural landscape, rural economy and rural society, which can be valued both as positive and as negative outcomes.

Keywords: Re-use; former agricultural buildings; new economic activities; rural areas; rural development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Urban and Regional research centre Utrecht (URU), Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University, PO Box 80115, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands., Email: 2: Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research (RPB), PO Box 30314, 2500 GH The Hague, The Netherlands., Email: 3: Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies of the Delft University of Technology (OTB), PO Box 5030, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands., Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2003


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