Valdebebas, Castellana Norte & Mahou-Calderón Try to Inject New Life into Madrid

2 December 2017 – Expansión

After years of paralysis in the real estate sector, the reactivation of house sales has come at a time when there are hardly any new build homes available in Madrid.

According to calculations by the real estate consultancy CBRE, the municipality of Madrid and its surrounding areas have an absorption rate of around 20,000 homes per year and yet, the output for the region barely reaches 10,000 units.

In this context, yesterday, the Valdebebas Compensation Board, the last major development area in the north of Madrid, approved the economic “reparcelation” of the whole area, which will be the largest process in the history of Spain, with the aim of reactivating the granting of licences in an area where there is still land available for the development of 3,794 homes.

The aim of the economic “reparcelation” is to put an end to the urban planning problems associated with this development, which relate to the commercial area that was initially planned. “The problems date back to 2013, when modifications were made to the general plan, which included the construction of the largest shopping centre in Europe. The plan was modified to make the shopping centre smaller and to add more homes, most of which were social housing properties”, explain sources at the Valdebebas Compensation Board.

The new plan was legally appealed and in May, a ruling overturned the changes. “The legal ruling caused the Town Hall of Madrid to stop granting licences for the whole area. In light of that paralysis, the only option has been this economic “reparcelation” process (…), which will cost more than €5 million, which the Compensation Board will bear in its entirety”(…). “The “reparcelation” will allow the development of the last major PAU in the north of Madrid, given that in the others, such as in Las Tablas, Sanchinarro and Montecarmelo, there are barely any plots left (…).

The lack of supply has already had an impact on prices. “In two years, land prices in Valdebebas have doubled and, that is inevitably reflected in prices. Whilst before you could find a home for €2,400/m2, now you can’t find anything for less than €3,000/m2”.

Operación Mahou-Calderón

Operación Mahou-Calderón represents the last large plot of land in the central district (…). In total, it comprises 147,050 m2 of buildable land, where around 1,200 homes may be built (…) with prices of around €2,950/m2 (…).

Madrid Nuevo Norte

Operación Chamartín is reinventing itself (…). It has been paralysed for more than 20 years, but the new project includes a reduction in the buildable surface area, which will amount to 2.68 million m2, where 11,000 homes will be built, of which 20% will be social housing properties. With an investment of around €6 billion, construction work is expected to begin in 2019.

Berrocales, Valdecarros and Cerros

Meanwhile, the development of the southeast of Madrid has been put on the back burner. The Compensation Boards responsible for the three urban developments there (Los Berrocales, Valdecarros and Los Cerros), have joined forces in a common platform to promote the construction of more than 100,000 affordable homes over the next 25 years in the southeast of Madrid. Meanwhile, the Town Hall of Madrid is proposing a change to its urban development plans, with a maximum of 27,700 homes between now and 2030, to which another 26,000 may be added by 2039, depending on demand (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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