Madrid Wants to Replace Urban Planning Licences with Sworn Declarations

The Community of Madrid is going to begin the process of amending the Land Act, to eliminate most of the urban planning licenses that have been mandatory until now and replace them with sworn declarations.

The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced on Tuesday that she will abolish urban planning licenses in favour of a sworn declaration, to “reduce the bureaucratic procedures” and “promote flexibility of hours and commercial openings”, in a clear hint not only to housing, but also to the opening of commercial premises.

In this way, the President is following in the footsteps of Madrid City Council, which has also decided to apply this statement as an express option for first occupancy licenses. In fact, the City Council has already created a specific team for this.

Marbella Abolishes the First Occupancy Licence and Replaces it with a Sworn Declaration

In order to collaborate in the economic recovery, the Local Government has approved a template for the sworn statement, which will be presented once the building work has been completed and which will replace the existing first occupancy license.

Following the entry into force of Decree 2/2020 governing the ‘improvement and simplification of the regulations for the promotion of productive activity in Andalucía’, the Government of Marbella has approved a measure to abolish first occupancy licences for new building projects and replace them with a sworn statement that will have immediate effect from its presentation, according to Diario Sur. This measure will affect both new housing and commercial premises.

Félix Romero, a municipal spokesman, explained that first occupancy licenses depend on a complex administrative file that involves the approval of reports that can take months and even years to complete. With the approval of the sworn statement, delivery times will be streamlined significantly.

Aedas Hands Over its First Homes Since its Creation in 2016

16 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Aedas Homes is following its business plan to the letter and is handing over the first development in its history. The company has obtained its first certification of completion for the Brisas del Arenal development in Jávea (Alicante), a residential project conceived for the second-home market.

The Brisas del Arenal development comprises 64 homes in total with two-, three- and four-bedrooms as well as common areas. After obtaining the official certificate of completion for Brisas del Arenal, Aedas Homes has begun the process to apply for the First Occupancy Licence (LPO), a necessary step before the homes can be handed over.

These 64 homes are going to be the first to be handed over by the property developer in its history and represent an important proportion of the more than 200 units whose keys will be handed over in 2018. 75% of the buyers in Brisas del Arenal are Spanish, with a high presence of people from Valencia and Madrid acquiring holiday homes, and 25% are international, looking for homes for long stays.

In the strategic plan that Aedas presented as part of its stock market debut, the property developer estimated that it would hand over the keys to 1,286 homes over the next two years: 221 homes this year and 1,065 in 2019. Nevertheless, 132 more units have been added to the real estate company’s plans before the end of the first quarter of this year.

Currently, Aedas has 26 projects underway in the five regions of the country in which it has a presence (namely Madrid, Cataluña, Sevilla, the Costa del Sol and Levante&Baleares). By area, the property developer will finish this quarter having laid the first stone of five developments in four of the regions, with the exception of Levante&Baleares, where it will have started six new projects.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Valdebebas Takes First Steps to Unblock its Construction Licences

24 November 2017 – Expansión 

On 30 November, the Valdebebas Compensation Board (Madrid) is going to approve the largest land reparcelling project in history, which will involve the processing of 15,000 registry notifications. That will allow the unblocking of the licence granting procedure, which is affecting almost 4,700 homes, around 40% of the total planned for the area.

In total, 11,400 homes are planned for Valdebebas. Currently, 4,800 units have received their first occupancy licences and another 2,000 are being built. Moreover, 850 homes are under development and 3,800 are pending development. These two last categories are affected by the block imposed. More than 16,000 people already live in Valdebebas and by the end of the year, there will be around 18,000.

“We want to comply with the route map set out by the Town Hall. The mere beginning of this process should give rise to the lifting of the suspension over the granting of licences”, explained the Managing Director of the Board, Marcos Sánchez, to Expansión.

With the economic reparcelling, the pending urban planning charge, which amounts to €30 million, is redistributed. The previous reparcelling, approved in 2015, was annulled by the High Court of Justice (TSJM). It also ruled that the special plan for the so-called ‘Pastilla Comercial’ was void.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake