Turre in land grab move

There is a fascinating article in this week’s Costa Almería News in which Mayor Martin of Turre explains how he’s going to bring the mountain urbanisations of Cabera and Cortijo Grande under council control.

It seems there is a plan afoot for the council to take over the running of the Juntas of both urbanisations, and then finish off urbanisation proceedings there.

Mayor Martin talks of a 3,3 million euro investment project that will have to be funded by residents and landowners in the mountains. He suggests a figure of €60 per 1 square metre of urbanised land must be paid – so if you have a, say, 300 square metre plot, you’ll have to pay €18,000 towards the fund.

The fund is to be used to install all the services that the promotors didn’t build in the first place, which they were supposed to do before selling the homes.

He also admits there are several dozen illegal homes up there, with no licencia de primera ocupación, in Cabrera I understand.

The promotors who caused the mess in the first place seem to get off scot free, if I understand the article correctly.

It’s also worth wondering what services are going to be installed up there – the new agreement with Galasa specifically excludes the company from taking over water management there, and the council is already dismantling its water management team in anticipation of the Galasa hand-over.

This is one of those plans that, whilst superficially attractive, runs the danger of being “from the frying pan into the fire” for home-owners if not properly planned and executed with the buy-in from all interested parties.

Which, currently, doesn’t exist as the big builders will continue to have a strong say in the matter and unless they come on board will continue to stymie any investment.

What must be remembered is that everyone in an urbanisation is a “promotor” in Spain. Which means that if your urbanisation isn’t finished when you buy, you are liable for the investment to continue building the urbanisation.

And that’s whats happened up in the mountains (although technically the situation between Cabrera and Cortijo Grande are different). No-one else has the cash, so the owners will have to stump up (current builds and the builders who still own land up there). And that’s where the 3,3 million figure comes from, it’s an “off the top of my head” figure quoted by the council on how much it will cost to finish building all the roads, water and sewage etc infrastructure in Cabrera.

14 Replies to “Turre in land grab move”

  1. Hi I am a resident of Cabrera, We are worse off under the current system as the Junta is controlled by the two large developers. The residents have been paying for the infrastructure for the last 20 years whilst the whilst developers have never paid their contribution. Yet they use their % of the vote, which is huge, to vote how much we pay and for what. We do not have a say. The developers have continued to build nearly 200 houses in Cabrera yet have not ploughed the necessary funds back into the urbanisation. It just so happens that the two developers are the Treasurer & President the Treasurer s brother in law is the minority delegado supposedly representing the people/residents. There are approx 30 houses without mains electricity as Endesa refuse to connect due to the lack of infrastructure. They are at the mercy of the developer as he is illegally supplying them with electricity Some of theses properties have been in this situation for 10 years now. The vast majority of of houses do not have a licence of first occupation and also residents cannot get any licences de obra because of the lack of infrastructure. These are just a few problems. As you can see residents have been paying financially for a very long time and we feel that it would be the best interest of all residents that Turre Town Hall appoint their person to ensure that things are done legally and correctly as our properties would benefit from being legal.

  2. Well, I don’t really want to get involved in the whole thing.
    I’m with you 100% that the current situation is a scandal, but I’m not sure that saying the proposed solution is limited to the Town Hall “appointing their chosen person” really gets across the… intricacies and potential liabilities…. of the plan.

  3. I think Cortijo Grande have a lot of good reasons for being a bit pissed about this article. With decades of neglect, that the developer has been happy to inflict on us, we’re keen to make this happen, and if it does, our “developer,” we hope, will not be getting off scot free. You noted that their rebuttal was uninformative. I think it informed it’s point very clearly. If you’re going for headlines, then make damn sure you have the facts.

  4. Hi I couldn’t agree more with Mike Searly.
    I disagree with the figures quoted.by David Jackson and think that maybe.you do not understand or you are perhaps not aware of all the facts yourself. The figure you quote of 60 euros per sq mtr of land equating to 18000 euros for 300 sq mtrs is incorrect. You are correct in stating that what ever is being spent in infrastructure costs is covered by all land owners as we are all currently classed as promoters but only in proportion to the land we own.

    So everyone’s contribution will be different, but if you use the figure quoted of 3.3 million to finish the infrastructure and someone owns 1000 sq mtrs their total contribution is 3300 euros. The developer on the other hand will be picking up 30 percent of that bill nearly 1 million euros, or have his land grabbed. The 2 developers, who currently pay nothing, happen to run the Junta De Compensacion in Cabrera ploy 1 and they only collect.money from the.residents and choose not to invoice the Land owners , of which they are the majority holders. They do not wish to.move forward.

    The article by the.journalist is.misleading and has lots.inaccurate information but sells.news papers! When I mention appointing.chosen person in my comments above I am referring to a legal body which is a Junta de Coperacion in Turre Town Hall which is accountable.

  5. The figures comes from a quote by Martin although I extrapolated the figures here from them.

    The article in the CA News seems fairly accurate to me, although it doesn’t have space to delve into details. You keep complaining it is inaccurate but fail to mention any specifics? Never mind, that’s a side issue.

    The Junta de Cooperación is a legal figure which acts as an administration of the development until it is finished. Currently Cabrera is under a Junta de Compensación, as you say.

    A Junta de Compensación is where the land-owners run the Junta (the council is just another landovner) as an autonomous organisation.

    But a Sistema de Cooperación is where all the land is handed over to the Junta, the Junta runs the development (under the direct directives of the council) and eventually reparcels the land back to the original owners, less all the land that has been taken to develop the urbanisation.

    It’s tempting to think that the offer is that the council will take over control of Cabrera and finish it all off. But realistically that just isn’t going to work. The main players are against the move, and there is a complete lack of buy-in from parties involved, even inside the council.

    It’s also linked to the inevitable massive expansion of Cabrera, most probably in the short term.

    Frankly, and without going into specifics, I would have thought a new convenio urbanistico setting out what must be done before any new construction can commence would be better and cheaper for existing owners.

  6. Cortijo Grande is a seperate plan parcial for houses mainly constructed over thirty years ago. The plan parcial has never been finished and the area is in a legal limbo.
    The attempt to to force anew junta de cooperación on the area, instead of splitting it in two which is the logical solution. The owners of the current area would then be responsible for finishing off the urbanisation which would then be handed over to the council, and any future development would be seperate. The current plan simply makes all owners responsible for future development, and again forces development to be carried out in order to be economically viable (IMHO).

  7. Thank you for your comments and views. I’m not sure who you mean about the main players other than the 2 that I have mentioned earlier.
    In any case my previous comments still stand. I’m sure residents in both these areas are very much involved in what this all means for them. I know from Cabrera that Lawyers who are specialists in this field have been employed by the residents to represent them and nothing has been taken lightly. Thank you once again for your views.

  8. Hello I am a resident of Cabrera, I find the article somewhat misleading in places. Cabrera has more than two developers. If you pay your dues then you get a vote if you don’t then you don’t get a vote-what is so onerous as that. Yes the developers have a big vote so does Turre Town Council.. Endesa and the developers are all guilty for the non direct supply to 35 houses the situation is quite immoral all three parties are to blame and they should be quite ashamed of themselves They are kicking the problem around like a football.My electric supply vie the developer is quite constant and glitch free the only thing is I shouldn’t be on builders supply. There is no profiteering on the electric invoices I have seen them..
    I only know of one house without a first habitation licence.

  9. I own a house in Cabrera and do not have any main electricity connection. This is because the Town Hall will not issue a first occupation licence until the infrastructure is completed to their satisfaction. This has been held up for years now since there is not a lot of goodwill and cooperation around Cabrera. I guess the Mayor has seen the lack of progress over the time he has been in power and is looking for solutions to the issues since the present arrangements are not solving these problems. I hope it succeeds.

  10. Well, the electric thing is an Ouroboros, isn’t it? The council won’t issue the licencia until the builders connect the electricity, the builders won’t connect the electricity until the council issues permits…

  11. I’ve visited Cabrera on many occasions and really like it. I was seriously considering buying a house there but having read this article am now having doubts.

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