State Secretary Raymond Knops from Hegelsom was, when he was a Member of Parliament, favored tens of thousands of euros for the purchase of the land in front of his house.
This is a deal with Ruimte voor Ruimte, a company that has been led since 2017 by former Provincial Executive Ger Driessen, who had the scheme in his portfolio as a provincial councilor in Limburg. The public company sells building plots according to the room-by-room scheme introduced to reduce livestock in Limburg. Spacious country houses are returning to the countryside for demolished pigsties. With the proceeds from the sold lots, the province recoups the subsidy paid to demolish the stables.
In 2010, Knops was one of more than a hundred single-seater builders themselves via the space company. But where the others always got a building plot of 1000 square meters, the plot on which Knops could build according to the newspapers was ultimately 1175 square meters. But according to the article, Knops paid the price for a plot of 750 meters at the notary.
The land transaction did not benefit him, Knops writes in a statement. According to him, he did not pay an amount of square meters, but a standard amount “.