On 31 January 2024, the detailed development plan for phase 1 of the Västerport district in Varberg entered into force. The Swedish Land and Environment Court of Appeal has amended the judgment of the Swedish Land and Environment Court and upheld Varberg Municipality's decision to adopt the detailed development plan. The judgment may not be appealed.
The planning area is located in central Varberg, approximately 300 metres northwest of Varberg Square. Varberg is planning to develop a new, attractive neighbourhood that connects the town with the sea. The plan area has previously been a harbour. The relocation of the ferry port and industrial harbour together with the new railway solution in Varberg creates a large space for urban development in a central location. This detailed development plan constitutes the first stage of the new Västerport district.
The detailed development plan enables the construction of new blocks for residential properties and centre functions. In total, the plan allows for the construction of approximately 500 new homes with an average height of 5 floors, business premises for town centre purposes, a preschool, a car park and a visitor facility on the pier. In addition, a hotel with approximately 250 rooms, with a maximum of 14 floors, will be made possible.
The Swedish Land and Environment Court set aside the detailed development plan for both formal and substantive reasons, including that the detailed development plan would cause significant damage to the national interest for the cultural environment in Varberg. Following an exchange of submissions and a review, the Swedish Land and Environment Court of Appeal delivered its judgment, which thus amends the Swedish Land and Environment Court's judgment and confirms the detailed development plan. The Swedish Land and Environment Court of Appeal is of the opinion that the detailed development plan does not lead to so-called significant damage to the national interest. The detailed development plan has thus gained legal force.
Vinge advised Varberg Municipality in the Swedish Land and Environment Court of Appeal.