NFR Planforskning SECPLAN

SECPLAN centres on second-home planning in Norway with the aim of promoting environmentally sustainable development. Second homes in Norway have undergone rapid growth and modernization in the past years, which increasingly represents an important sustainability challenge including both environmental protection and climate change. However, planning which has a great potential to steer the development towards being more environmentally- and climate-friendly has not yet been able to meet this challenge. Our project responds to the societal need of strengthening the role of planning in making second-home development sustainable. This will be done through close collaboration between networks of national, regional and local planners, policy makers and researchers, and a comparison of second-home planning between Norway and Denmark. The project will produce novel knowledge and insights regarding(1) how to frame second-home development and planning from the perspective of sustainable development; (2) how municipal second-home planning practices affect second-home development with higher or lower sustainability performances; (3) how current institutional settings and planning system need to change to make second-home planning efficient and effective in addressing environmental and climate considerations; and (4) what planning strategies can be developed for sustainable second-home development.

The overall objective of SECPLAN is to improve second-home planning in order to promote sustainable development of second homes. Specifically, SECPLAN aims to: 1. Conceptualize scenarios of sustainable second-home development and planning. 2. Assess to what extent and how current second-home planning has considered sustainable development. 3. Identify barriers, challenges and potentials for developing sustainable second-home planning and propose needed changes. 4. Gain insights into the impacts of planning systems on sustainable second-home development by comparing Norway and Denmark. Develop planning strategies for sustainable second-home development. 6. Enhance competence and capability among planning practitioners and students in developing sustainable secondhome planning.

The outcomes of the project will significantly advance the research on sustainable second-home planning through (1) new theory development on sustainable land use planning and sustainable mobility; (2) novel method, i.e. building of conceptual scenarios, for framing sustainable second-home development; (3) new insights into how planning practices and processes affect sustainability performances of second-home development; and (4) new holistic understanding of barriers and potentials for developing sustainable second-home planning. SECPLAN aims to improve the conditions that constrain the capability of planning at different levels, and to figure out a holistic planning solution to second-home development. The long-term impacts include enhancing the capability of planning sectors in promoting sustainable second homes, laying the foundation for improving the Planning and Building Act and contributing to transitioning to sustainable second-home development and a future low-carbon society.