Expiry dates could sink demolitions orders

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ONLY one demolition order from the Contentious-Administrative Division of Almeria’s courts has been carried out.
The property involved belonged to an English couple, Helen and Len Prior from Vera, and the ensuing scandal made world headlines.  
The shameful case damaged the Spanish brand, said Judge Tomas Cobo during a joint conference of the General Judiciary Council and the National Colleges of Architects held in Almeria.   
The time limit for many other demolition orders issued by Contentious-Administrative courts will soon expire, he pointed out. Possibly allowing some threatened property-owners to sleep more easily at night, Cobo also maintained that town halls have little appetite for carrying out demolitions.
“These are not in the interests of town halls,” Cobo said. “If homes are torn down, a mayor will not only have to face protests from residents but the town hall must pay compensation.”
Jose Pascual Pozo, President of Almeria’s College of Lawyers echoed proposals from the AUAN group for reforms to existing laws. He called for streamlined, simple planning regulations so that if a property can be made legal, this may be done.


3 COMMENTS

  1. Its always British people who loose there homes when do ever hear of someone from Germany loosing there home answer is you don’t so really victimisation comes in to mind; Spain today need ‘s more visitors so why make it hard for them no wonder there are so many empty property’s.

  2. Only one home demolished? There have been 16 homes demolished in Almeria. 11 of these were owned by Spanish people and five by Brits. This includes the two demolished in Cantoria as reported on by the Euro Weekly News in November 2014.

  3. The Spanish government are immoral stupid idiots. Their corrupt planning system has resulted in the recession Spain is still suffering through lack of confidence in the housing market. How can they not be aware that all the bad publicity about reverse planning orders, demolitions has ztalled their housing market with the resultant loss of all the ancillary trades (furniture, cars, pools, etc. etc.) How can they wonder why there is so much uunemployment.

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