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.