The village association in Överstbyn has expressed the need to identify the possibility of new plots. A feasibility study has been launched as one of several parallel steps to review the countryside of our growing municipality.
The entire municipality of Boden is affected by the ongoing societal transition. The municipality will grow by several thousand inhabitants. This opens up new opportunities and requires new solutions, both in central Boden and the countryside.
The Överstbyn village association in the Råne river valley raised the issue in a letter to the municipality of Boden. They expressed a need to investigate the potential for new residential plots in their area.
“We have seen a new trend here. We have in-migration and tourism entrepreneurs attracting people from all over the world. We want to look at the possibility of building more properties for people who want to live idyllically here in our part of the countryside,” says Rickard Lidberg, chairman of the Överstbyn village association.
The proposal resulted in a feasibility study that has now been initiated by the municipality of Boden to enable the construction of new single-family houses in the Gunnarsby area.
The work is done in dialog with Råek, the Råne River Valley Economic Association, and the relevant landowners.
These include issues such as water flows, access to water and sewage, land ownership and new and existing building rights.
Based on the initial dialogues, work will continue during the autumn with more in-depth investigations for potential areas and preparations for future plot releases.
Municipal and private land
The potential sites under review are on both private and municipal land, in scenic areas close to forests and water.
“We are looking at attractive areas where there is currently no construction. We see that there is a need for housing and a desire to move to the countryside. We definitely see an opportunity to grow,” says Jenny Engström, Råek.
The first dialogue meeting has been held and will be followed up with more in different villages. The initial feasibility study will run throughout 2023.
“The preliminary study is part of our work to become 33,000 inhabitants in the municipality of Boden by 2030 and with the vision The Good Life, says Emma Lundqvist, strategic planner at Boden municipality.
Read more about moving to and living in Boden at Moving to Boden.
Photo: Fredrik Broman/Råek