11 March 2016 – Expansión
Yesterday, the government of the mayoress, Ada Colau, approved the Special Urban Plan for Tourist Accommodation (Peuat), which will prohibit the opening of more tourist apartments in Barcelona; will limit the opening of new hotels to areas beyond the centre of the Catalan capital; and will allow the “opening” of just 12,000 more (hotel) beds across the city as a whole.
According to the Town Hall, the objective of this indefinite moratorium (which will be reviewed every six years) is to put an end to the problems caused by tourist congestion in the centre of Barcelona and the difficult coexistence of tourist apartments and conventional homes. The regulations will be implemented by area, and the centre of Barcelona will face the greatest restrictions. The legislation will be more relaxed the further away from the centre you go.
Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)
Translation: Carmel Drake