- October 18, 2006 at 3:56 pm #52369
I hear that there are serious problems with illegal builds in the Catral area of Alicante province (S. Costa Blanca). Does anyone have more information on the situation there?
- October 18, 2006 at 4:06 pm #66864
- October 18, 2006 at 5:48 pm #66868
Unfortunately, that link leads to an empty page, so none the wiser.
- October 18, 2006 at 8:03 pm #66886
Must have been a blip Mark – it’s working now.
- October 19, 2006 at 7:15 am #66891
Interesting article in Spanish from Las Provincias newspaper.
Explains how the scam worked:
The constructor requested planning permission to put a fence around protected land.
The council gave planning permission and this, in turn, enabled the constructor to request a temporary supply of electricity and water for the construction works. This supply was then channelled to the illegally built houses.
As the houses were completed, the council then issued certificates stating that were more than four years old and so safe from demolition for having been built illegally.
At the same time, the council decided not to issue a request to the property registry that would have blocked any land transfers (ie sales).
Part of the undoing of the scam has been the publication of old aerial photos showing that the houses were less than four years old.
- October 19, 2006 at 9:00 am #66894
In any development, be it large or small, photographic evidence can be good amunition in the armoury if things are disputed at a later date.
For boundary disputes, rights, etc., “aerial photos” are an excellent tool.
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