Vlaams jeugd- en kinderrechtenbeleidsplan 2015-2019 - Page 23

s p ac e SEVERAL USERS, WITH SPACE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AS WELL The Government of Flanders is aware of the major challenges posed by spatial policy. We want to make the best possible use of the limited space, including for children and young people. Smart shared use will be the norm of future spatial planning. We adopt a flexible approach to the use of various spaces and to functions of infrastructure. We pro- mote temporary use and use public and private spaces together. Children and young people must find their place, together with the adults. One of the key elements is involvement and participation in planning, organisation, development and use. If necessary, space can also be reserved for a specific target group. SMART SHARED USE The Government of Flanders wants to motivate owners and users into smart shared use. This is done by developing a vision, building knowledge, raising awareness and giving incentives. The multifunctional use of school buildings or BLOSO sports centres and urban renewal projects promote shared use and keep a close focus on children and young people. Mentoring projects and sharing examples of good practice should have an inspiring effect. WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AS CO-OWNERS If we want to regard children and young people as fully-fledged co-owners of public space, we must also involve them in all stages from design to use. This is also a means to increase support and co-responsibility. The Government of Flanders involves the youth sector in the creation of the spatial policy plan. AND NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT SPACE AND USING IT Existing space must be used optimally. Flexible and temporary use must be made possible. A different approach is taken to the various options, even ex ante. We will look for inspiring examples abroad and develop a number of initiatives in the sport and youth sectors. 23