Council of State temporarily rejects Efteling expansion plan | NOW

The Council of State has provisionally rejected an expansion plan for Efteling on Wednesday. The municipality of Loon op Zand has six months to correct errors in the plan.

According to the Council of State, the expansion has not been properly substantiated and the consequences for local residents and nature have not been properly assessed on all points. Until this is rectified, construction should not commence.

Two years ago, the municipality of Loon op Zand gave Efteling permission to expand towards the north and east. The park then set itself the goal of attracting seven million visitors per year by 2030.

The expansion plan does not only concern the park itself. Additional parking spaces and recreational facilities and access roads must also be constructed or relocated.

Incidentally, Efteling announced last month that the expansion plans will be put on ice for the time being, regardless of the decision of the Council of State. According to a spokesperson, the park is experiencing the worst year in its existence financially.