The new land law on Spatial Planning,
Urbanism and Landscape (LOTUP) became effective in the Valencian Region on 20th
The new law concludes a lengthy review
process and consolidates five former planning laws, the Valencian Urban
Development Law, the law on Spatial Planning and Landscape Protection and the law
regulating Golf Courses. It also includes the controversial LRAU Law, which has
so often been abused in the region.
The AULN and AUN both contributed to the
LOTUP planning process whilst in its “consultancy” phase and hopefully the
towns of Lliber, Catral and other towns in the Alicante Province will benefit,
in particular where houses are built on less
than 10,000 M2 on rustic land and under old rules would simply be unable to become legal.
The key to unlocking the “illegality” problem
potentially becomes easier under the new law, allowing the local mayor to
reduce the time (in Lliber’s case from over ten years) to just over a year to
deliver a General Plan. The simplification
of the law reduces the number of regulations from 1200 to 269, and reduces the
conflict between town halls and regional government over localised land issues,
providing the town hall has obtained regional approval over major
infrastructure, conservation and major developments that may alter the backbone
of the regional plan.
One of the main improvements according to the
government, is that the new law will help clarify legal certainty for
homeowners by increasing transparency and involvement in the planning process. It
will also improve the legal rights of homeowners when dealing with developers and local government.
The new law comes at a time designed to help
boost the economy, especially the construction industry which has been
particularly badly hit since the banking crisis, which followed the housing
boom of 2002-2008 in Spain.
The AULN has been proactive during the LOTUP process
in order to ensure that your plight was heard in the Valencian corridors.
We are hopeful that this new law will now give
a green light to the Mayor of Lliber to process an appropriate Plan General and
to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy their right to property without
fear, and to restore their freedom of movement and capital so often intertwined
with the family home.
We are mindful that a new election campaign
will focus on this law in May 2015 as a means to secure votes. However, promises
still remain outstanding from the 2011 campaign although we acknowledge that the
progress made to date has been good in comparison with the previous 4 years.
Electricity and water supplies to the illegal homes.
Delivery of the General Plan
"We promise to commit to this
fully, and put every tool that we have at our disposal into getting the General
Plan dealt with as soon as possible.” ??Alcalde Jose Juan Reus.
Number of years we have waited for a Plan Generale
Days since election promises:
Number of illegal houses:
Water connections made:
Electricity connections made:
Licences of Occupation issued: