Well behaved illegal homes can now become legal

The Andalusian ruling council has just approved a modification to the LOUA, the Andalucian land law, allowing illegal homes that haven’t been denounced to quietly be permitted. Three articles of this law will be modified. If your illegal home is not in a special protection zone, nor in a dangerous area, has not been denounced or is not involved in an investigation, is detached on its own parcel of land and generally being blameless, and Continue reading Well behaved illegal homes can now become legal

Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals

Albox townhall has refused to consign 3.104.185€ to the local courts to cover its “civil responsibility” for permitting the construction and sale of 98 illegal homes to British citizens, and has voted unanimously to appeal the sentence. Read my explanation of the court order over here. Rogelio Mena, the PSOE Mayor, says that neither he nor his team were responsible for allowing the constructions (he blames the previous PP mayor from the other party) and Continue reading Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals

Arboleas finds 2000 missing homes

One of the mysteries of modern life in Spain was how Arboleas “only” had 1.320 homes. I mean, there are urbanisations out there with more than that, so why weren’t they accounted for? Well, the Mayor, possibly because he spotted an extra source of income, appointed someone to update the official catastro, and the report has come back. The chap went round counting them all, and found an extra 1953 homes nobody knew existed. So Continue reading Arboleas finds 2000 missing homes

Algarrobico hotel land is now declared to be BUILDABLE by Supreme Court! What’s going on?

The land the ill fated Algarrobico hotel in Carboneras has now been declared BUILDABLE (urbanizable) in a shock Supreme Court decision. This ruling contradicts a 2012 ruling by the same Supreme Court, which mentioned in passing that the land wasn’t buildable. The promoter of the hotel asked for clarification of this point, which came back yesterday. The same ruling states that:

Ecologistas en Accion ask Supreme Court (And) to cancel POTALA

Ecologistas en Accion have filed a submission at the Supreme Court of Andalucia (TSJA) to cancel the POTALA plan, saying that it is far removed from the official model of “compact Mediterranean cities” that the Junta of Andalucia is supposed to be behind. They argue that the plan to build up to 60,000 houses (35,000 in the Llano Central, 10,000 in Ballabona, 18,000 in El Puntazo, etc) are unsustainable, against all logic and not desired Continue reading Ecologistas en Accion ask Supreme Court (And) to cancel POTALA

EU Parliament Resolution preliminary draft on Urban Abuses in Spain

EU Parliament Resolution preliminary draft on Urban Abuses in Spain I have come into possession of a draft EU Parliament Resolution which unifies the various petitions and tabled questions, and seems to be calling for sanctions against Spain for the [taken from Resolution Point 8] “[..]endemic form of corruption where, once again, the European citizen is the primary victim[..]”; legalisation of illegal houses brought in good faith; compensation for victims and prosecution of guilty parties, Continue reading EU Parliament Resolution preliminary draft on Urban Abuses in Spain

Operation “Costurero” continues

 The 6 people detained two days ago in Zurgena spent yesterday and today in the central police office in Almería, being interrogated by the Police. They have been arrested under for suspected “cohecho, prevariación y delitos contra la ordenación del territorio” (Bribery, misuse of public power, and crimes against the rules of local planning laws), according to Miguel Corpas, the subdelegate of the Government in Almeria. Miguel Corpas also confirmed that the arrests were carried Continue reading Operation “Costurero” continues