The Junta de Andalucía announced that it intends to permit the ‘legalisation’ of some 327,000 illegal builds within the region.
Of that number there are around 50,000 illegal dwellings in the province of Granada, which could finally see a chance to have all their paperwork in order.
These 300,000-odd dwellings are scattered around the Axarquia (Málaga), the Valle de Almanzora (Almería) and the Altiplano Orientales (Granada).
Concentrating on only our province the Junta calculates that there are around 14,000 in the Altiplano, 9,000 in the Alpujarra & Sierra Nevada, and some 6,885 on the Costa Tropical.
It was 16 years ago that the previous regional administration under the socialists (PSOE) started to tackle this problem, consisting of thousands of dwellings in legal limbo; i.e., that couldn’t be legalised and were not in danger of being demolished owing to their being built on greenbelt land, etc.
Unfortunately, between 2012 and 2018 the Junta only managed to process some 1,500 dwellings. Learning from the errors in the socialist efforts, the present right-wing, coalition administration issued a decree towards the end of September. The main drive is that while maintaining the defence of the environment, they intend to cut down on red tape – in brief, give the homeowners a clearer idea what the hell is going on.
The Junta emphasised that it is crucial to have maximum cooperation from town halls and home owners so that the decree (the Ley de Medidas Urgentes para la Adecuación Ambiental y Territorial de las Edificaciones Irregulares) will be effective.
However, the Junta bigwig, Sra. Carazo, emphasised that the decree could not help dwellings that have been built on protected areas (natural parks) or in dangerous places, such as on floodplains or riverbanks.
“This is not an amnesty for illegal dwellings; inspections and fines will continue,” warned the Junta representative.