Illegal homes reprieve

Fecha Publicación: 
10 Marzo 2011

Junta plans to regularise 11,000 Axarquía properties

Costa del Sol News | Noticia

The Junta de Andalucía last week announced it intends to legalise almost 11,000 houses built illegally in the Axarquía zone on the east side of Málaga province.

The regional government's councillor for housing, Josefina Cruz Villalón, said last week that this represented 86.5 per cent of buildings in the area which are declared to be irregular.

The Junta has identified 12,670 buildings, mostly houses, which have been built on land that is not classified as suitable for urbanising. Of these, 859 are on protected land and 976 have other complications in their legal status.

Councillor Cruz said there may be ways to solve the problems with the remaining 10,800, thus opening the way to the legalisation of the properties. However, she confirmed that those on protected land "cannot be legalised and may have to be demolished." She met 22 of the Axarquía's 31 mayors on Friday to present them with individual inventories for their municipalities.

Save Our Homes Axarquía (SOHA), the group fighting for the rights of homeowners whose properties are under threat, said the announcement was the same process which has been described to them by the Junta on a number of occasions. SOHA's Gary Miles described it as "window dressing" ahead of May's municipal election, but nevertheless hoped legalisation would proceed quickly and smoothly.


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