Landbouwbelang (squat)

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A street view on Landbouwbelang in 2010.
A street view on Landbouwbelang in 2010.
General information
Architectural styleindustrial
AddressBiesenwal 3
Town or cityMaastricht
Coordinates50°51′19″N 5°41′40″E / 50.85528°N 5.69444°E / 50.85528; 5.69444
Current tenantsCultural Freezone Landbouwbelang
OwnerCity of Maastricht

Landbouwbelang (LBB) is a squatted industrial building in Maastricht, Netherlands. It offers working space for artists and social entrepreneurs and functions as a venue for cultural events. It has been squatted since April 2002.

Landbouwbelang is located in the Boschstraatkwartier neighbourhood, on the bank of river Meuse (Dutch: Maas) and next to the production site of a paper manufacturer Sappi.


The building was constructed in 1939 for processing and storing cereals by Vereniging Landbouwbelang Roermond.[1] The cereal processing activities ceased in the 1970s and the building was acquired by the neighbouring paper mill until it was purchased by the City of Maastricht.[2]

The space served as a venue for community events before being squatted on 6 April 2002.[2][3] Landbouwbelang reported 10 000 annual visitors in 2015.[4] Several artists, designers and social entrepreneurs have working spaces at Landbouwbelang.[5]

Despite the Dutch squatting ban of 2009, getting the squatters removed requires an eviction court order. In order to have that granted, the owner of the building needs to present a development plan for the squatted building.[6] According to the communication of the City of Maastricht there are currently none.[7]

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  1. ^ Vereniging Landbouwbelang Roermond 1914–1939. Vereniging Landbouwbelang Roermond. 28 September 1939. pp. 19–21.
  2. ^ a b Zuidgeest, Arjen. "Landbouwbelang history". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. ^ Roland Ockhuysen (12 January 1996). "Regisseurs vieren vakantie in kennisland aan de Maas – Archief – Voor nieuws, achtergronden en columns". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ Zuidgeest, Arjen. "LBB annual review 2015". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ Janssen, Bert (29 September 2013). Cultural Freezone Landbouwbelang (in Dutch). Maastricht: Organic Press. ISBN 978-90-75924-12-1. Archived from the original on 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ Kim Aupers (29 March 2016). "Krakers ontruimen". Van Till advocaten. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Landbouwbelang". Belvédère Maastricht. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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