Created in 2016, Saint Quentin en Yvelines (SQY) started, the same year, a thinking process for a sustainable territory project. The aim is to create a strategic vision at the scale of the conurbation which will allow synergy and complementarity between the entities of the territory.
The territorial project also consists in proposing a clear legibility of intermunicipal and local actions. This objective is part of the articulation of the various prescriptive and programmatic documents that are imposed on the territory, its sectoral policies and its concrete projects.
Thus, the study for the enhancement and preservation of the identity of the old town centres and hamlets of the agglomeration perfectly fits into this territorial project.
Nevertheless, these prescriptions for the preservation of the remarkable heritage do not in themselves succeed in framing the evolution and preserving the identity of the ancient town centres and hamlets of the territory. At a time when major developments are becoming rarer and when the districts of the newer urban areas are difficult to develop, new pressures are weighing on these sectors whose characteristics and land organisation facilitate evolution.
In the communication note to the elected representatives, the Vice-President in charge of land use planning and housing, Alexandra Rossetti, had noted:
“These ancient centres and hamlets are now under threat. The land pressure they are subject to accentuates the risk of degradation of their specific characteristics, and the living environment that these exceptional places offer to the inhabitants and working population of the territory”.
The mission entrusted to Altereo therefore aims to create a coherent and operational framework for the evolution of the ancient town centres and hamlets of the territory. This study is in line with both the territory’s project and the Sustainable Development Goals. It must develop innovative, sustainable proposals that respect the identity of the territories and thus meet the following objectives:
- To identify the hamlets and ancient town centres characteristic of the territory whose evolution is to be framed;
- To define their urban, landscape and functional qualities and their role in territorial architecture;
- To analyse the capacity of each sector to evolve according to the urban planning documents in force and the risks of degradation;
- To produce development scenarios and recommendations to enhance the built, landscape and peri-urban quality of these areas.