Spanish town hall officials fight against demolition of two remaining villas

Published:  24 Oct at 6 PM
Want to get involved? Become a Featured Expat and take our interview.
Become a Local Expert and contribute articles.
Get in touch today!
Tagged: Spain
In a surprising development following the demolition of two of four expat-owner villas in Cantoria, the remaining villas are now part of an administrative war between the local and regional authorities.

The two villas were also under the same demolition order which felled the home of John and Jan Brooks last week. Cantonia Town Hall has now ordered the remaining demolitions stopped due to claims that the regional government’s documents were flawed.

According to a local authority spokesperson, the law must be respected, especially when its complexity is affecting the lives of four families. He added that the town hall was not prepared to act in haste, and wishes to proceed in a lawful manner.

Meanwhile, the regional government is denying its papers were not complete, and is warning all those involved that the two final demolitions will take place. Maura Hillem, head of the AUAN action group of 600 properties under threat of demolition, confirms that destruction of the supposedly illegal properties cannot take place without the intervention of a judge.

Resolution in court could take five days or five months, she said, adding that all depends on the judge’s ruling. She believes the town hall is making a last ditch effort to save the two villas still standing, as both the developer and the local authority had turned a blind eye to the small development.

Formerly, the regional government had issued two notices to the developer stating that all work must cease and buildings already erected must be demolished. None of the owners of the four villas had been informed of the orders.

Around 300,000 homes in Spain Andalusia region have been built without the correct planning permission ad with the full knowledge of local town halls, and all are technically at risk of being demolished. At the present time, 300 are under demolition orders and 50 have already been flattened.
Like this news?

Comments » No published comments just yet for this article...

Feel free to have your say on this item. Go on... be the first!

Tell us Your Thoughts On This Piece:

Your Name *
Email * (not published, needs verification one time only)
  • Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • RSS feed
  • Facebook

Latest Headlines

News Links

News Archive