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Eighty-three hectares of illegal building

ElAlbarracín_ES (Agencies) Some 83 hectares of illegal buildings have been detected in the municipality of San Roque, most of them in the San Enrique and El Albarracín areas (photo).>PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ITEMS SUCH AS THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO SUBSCRIPTION IN THE FUTURE but you can make a donation NOW, too! Please click here for more information on how to help us continue. (This item was translated)

Among the problems detected in a document called Plan Ambiental Ciudad 21, a prior, White Paper phase of the PGOU (General Ordination Plan) for San Roque now in its public exposure stage, are buildings on land declared ‘non-buildable’ (suelo no urbanizable), which occupy environmentally valuable land and cause “town planning chaos.”

There are also several examples of illegal occupation of public land near rivers and streams, mostly by agricultural activities. Some urban enclaves (Guadarranque, Sotogrande, Puente Mayorga and Campamento) have not respected public pathways and accesses that are established by Law, while several cattle driving paths have been usurped, which also means illegal appropriation of public land and traditional cattle pathways.

In order to put a stop to these problems the Plan Ambiental Ciudad 21 proposes the creation of procedures that will create town planning order, as well the detection and halting of any further increase in these illegal activities. The project, which has been in execution for four years, has a budget of €100,000, which would be financed by San Roque Council, though grants from the Junta de Andalucía can be obtained.

Among the measures proposed in the document, which is awaiting final approval of the PGOU, is to locate illegal buildings. This, according to the document, means that it is necessary to employ more inspectors. Corrective measures to be taken after that could range from demolition to fines, depending on the severity of the matter. Measures would also be applied to correcting the environmental impact in each case.

For illegal urbanization already in place, such as at El Albarracín and San Enrique, the document recommends the creation of ‘compensation committees’ in order to legalize what already exists.


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