The housing department of the national government in Madrid is looking at ways to avoid demolishing illegally-built homes around the country.
Officials from the Housing Department (part of the Ministry of Public Works) have drafted a report on the laws that would need to be changed to avoid demolishing homes throughout Spain that have been built without planning permission (or with planning permission that turns out to have been illegally granted).
According to media reports, the changes being considered would only save properties being used as main homes that were bought in good faith by innocent third parties, and that do not fall foul of laws like the Ley de Costas / Coastal Law. So there is no suggestion that a blanket amnesty is being considered.
Nevertheless, this might turn out help thousands of foreigners who have bought homes Andalucia and the Valencian Region, only to discover that their homes were built without planning permission, or that planning permission had been illegal granted. Many of them are living under the threat of demolition.
Whatever comes of this will of course be too late for Len and Helen Prior (pictured above), whose home in Vera was demolished by the authorities back in 2008. They have received no justice from the Spanish state.
Video of events leading up to and including demolition of Prior’s home
The draft has been sent to regional governments and municipal authorities for consultation.