Fresh hope for thousands of British home-owners in Axarquia

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FIRM COMMITMENT: SOHA reaffirmed its commitment to protect home-owners. Credit: Comono Comunicacion

A CAMPAIGN group in Axarquia has said they will continue to push Spanish authorities for a commitment not to penalise owners of homes unwittingly built on non-urban land.

At the Save Our Homes Axarquia (SOHA) annual general on January 24, the group called for a meeting with new representatives at the Junta de Andalucia elected after December’s vote.

The association’s president, Phil Smalley, said: “We are at a transcendental moment in the history of Andalucia for the first time since the introduction of democracy.”

The president added: “A new planning law has been put into practice together with an amnesty for the 300,000 illegal properties in the autonomous region, we look forward to seeing what’s going on. We will try to have for a meeting with the new councillor as soon as possible.”

Mr Smalley explained SOHA would push to consolidate the 10-year amnesty it recently brought into place preventing Spanish authorities pursuing any owners of homes built illegally on non-urban land more than 10 years ago.

Mario Blancke, SOHA’s spokesman and the mayor of Alcaucin, added: “We want to work towards a law fitting for the times and we do not want to lose any of the rights we have gained.”

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