Today I had the pleasure of meeting with the planning councilor (El Concejal de Urbanizmo de Orihuela Antonio Zapata Beltrán) under the new administration in the Orihuela town hall. I was accompanied with two property owners who have homes that were built without the proper permissions in the locality. The motive of meeting with the councilor was to be informed of the how the process of the new general plan for development for the area (PGOU) was proceeding, what suggestions he could give us or what was too expected in the near future.
In the conversation we touched on many subjects facing owners of illegally built properties. The councilor expressed that in December they would start a project to regularize the illegal properties in the area. This would be a tempory measure until they would be included in the general plan (PGOU) and legalized. They will be opening an office in Orihuela in the beginning of next year (2012) and inviting all home owners to present there cases to the town hall for regulisation. Each home will be assessed on an individual basis. Water, sewerage, electricity connections and septic tanks will be considerations and instructions will be given to home owners as what they should do to prepare the home for legalization. When the office opens then the town hall will make announcements in the local press, internet radio ect.
Electricity and Water connection.
Concerning the electricity connection, for a home to be connected to a legal supply a habitation certificate is required from the town hall to be presented to the town hall. Antonio informed us that a document would be given in its place to be able to contract electricity supply from Iberdola. This certificate would also be valid for a water supply. The cost of the regularization will have to be covered by the home owners. Once the homes have been altered to the town halls requirements then they will be included in the new General Plan (PGOU).
As some of you asked about the issue of septic tanks I asked him about this issue. Antonio´s answer was as follows:-
Homes that are far away from the sewerage mains may not be required to connect to that but will be required to install a special European standard septic tank. In the case where there are a cluster of properties together then it is most likely that the owners will be required to connect to the sewerage mains. The best is not to do anything at the moment until your case is studied in the coming months. Don’t invest in additions that may be a waste of time and money. A group of more than 5 houses will most probably have to connect to the sewerage mains, less than 5 can have individual septic tanks depending on the individual and collective conditions.
There may be other considerations such as ash felting the paths, street lighting ect.
The plan of regularizing then legalizing the properties that the town hall is working on has the full support of the Valencian Community and is a plan that is in effect on other municipalities.
Further illegal building will not be tolerated and demolition orders will be issued. Illegal properties that have not had any sanctions, fines demolition orders in the first four years since construction are now exempt from action being taken against it. If a fine has been issued to the promoter then the new owner of the property cannot be penalized for the same offence.
It seems as if there is good will on behalf of the town hall and that the new administration is working towards a beneficial resolve and we hope that shortly to see this come to fruition. I think that the new general plan will take at least another two years befor itt is published.
For more information please contact me.