The North Framework Plan is a development concept for the north of Bocholt.
The North Framework Plan was adopted by the city council on 16.09.2009 as an integrated spatial development concept for the north of Bocholt. In the years before, the framework conditions for Bocholt's road traffic had changed fundamentally.
In December 2006, the B67 between the Dingdener Straße junction and Rhede was opened to traffic. At the same time, the B67 was linked to Münsterstraße with the Südostring (south-east ring road) built by the city of Bocholt. In addition, the second construction phase of the Westring between Schwanenstraße and Dinxperloer Straße was opened with the Westringtunnel. With these extensive construction measures, the city of Bocholt has come a step closer to its goal of closing the outer ring road, which it has been pursuing for decades. Today, about two thirds of the outer ring road has been completed.
These construction measures have consequently led to a reorganisation of road traffic and an accompanying relief of many streets. In particular, Münsterstraße, Uhlandstraße, Westend and the southern section of Dinxperloer Straße should be mentioned here. In the north of Bocholt, on the other hand, it is mainly the residential roads through residential and recreational areas that are affected by additional traffic. In 2009, the city council adopted the Framework Plan North.
The North Master Plan envisages the consolidation of the settlement structure in connection with the construction of a new northern ring road (Nord-/Westring) in order to meet the prevailing demand for residential development areas and to relieve the city's traffic situation. The relief will have a positive effect on the existing residential areas along Dinxperloer Straße in particular. Furthermore, a new traffic routing leads to a better connection to the hospital to the north-east of the change area. Creeping traffic routes, which have so far led through the existing residential areas, can thus be avoided.
Three draft urban development concepts have been developed and weighed against and among each other in the framework plan north. In the process, the three planning variants were evaluated from the points of view of urban development and uses, economic efficiency, traffic, sport and the environment. The urban planning concept of variant 3 offered the possibility for more settlement area and at the same time a certain flexibility with regard to the location of the final route of the northern ring road.
In the following years, urban land-use planning procedures were initiated for further sub-areas (west and north ring road areas) of the framework plan. Consequently, there were certain changes in the settlement structure. This meant that the drafts from the 2013 North Framework Plan had to be updated.