Priors launch court case against Spanish courts for justice

Len and Helen Prior, both 68, in 2008 became the first British home owners in Spain to have their property demolished over so called “planning irregularities”. Despite having the correct planning permission for their luxury villa from the town hall in Vera on Spain’s southern Costa Almeria, the regional government of Andalusia revoked the licence and sent in the bulldozers. A year after the demolition, Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled that it had been carried out Continue reading Priors launch court case against Spanish courts for justice

Four years to the day: the Prior’s “celebrate” their anniversary

It’s exactly four years to the day since the Junta de Andalucia, in one fell swoop, destroyed the building industry in Andalucia by knocking down the home of an innocent retired British couple called Helen and Len Prior in Vera. This home, the first home to be demolished by the Junta and, to date, the only one demolished in the province, was supposed to be the start of a great wave of demolishments of illegal Continue reading Four years to the day: the Prior’s “celebrate” their anniversary

Auken, Priors & Lenox on the BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8050768.stm The European Parliament has called on Spain to reform planning laws that have allowed developers to acquire private land below market rates and forced homeowners from their properties, with some even having their homes demolished. But the conflict raises questions about how much power MEPs actually have, the BBC’s Stephen Chittenden says.

A tad harsh, methinks – and house prices on the up?

Lenox says on his blog (link) that: I received an anonymous five-page letter today in English entitled: ‘When will the truth be told about the Prior’s and the illegality of their house in Vera?’ adding ‘Will your newspaper continue to print incorrect facts?‘ (sic). The letter (posted in Garrucha by ‘a fed up Brit’) takes the view that the Priors knew all about their house being illegal, but carried on regardless and that the huge Continue reading A tad harsh, methinks – and house prices on the up?

Constitutional court throws out the Priors case

The Constitutional Court of Spain has rejected Len & Helen Priors case that they are entitled to economic compensation for the demolition of their home by the Junta last January. The Court upheld the ruling of Court Nº 2 in Almería, that their house was illegal and had been built without obtaining the necessary permits from the Junta de Andalucía. Hence, the demolition was justified and no compensation is forthcoming. This is the end of Continue reading Constitutional court throws out the Priors case

Caparros will meet with AUNAN reps about demolishment of British homes

According to teleprensa.net  Luis Caparros, the swine who knocked down the Priors house, built large scale electric pylons everywhere, gas pipes, approved the POTALA and generally ruined the area (and, by the way, got a promotion for it – he’s now the head of Housing and Territorial Organisation of Almeria) has promised, under intense media scrutiny, to meet with “los ingeses” (not all of them, just a “Janet & Frank Doel”) to reassure them that Continue reading Caparros will meet with AUNAN reps about demolishment of British homes