Andalucia Day (Tuesday) in Sevilla saw property pressure groups from Almeria and Malaga join forces to call for changes to the planning laws of Andalucía and to reject the recent decree to regularise properties built on non-urban land.
Some 300 members of SOHA (Save Our Homes Axarquia) and AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No) met at the headquarters of the Popular Party (PP) in Sevilla, and were joined by the PP spokesperson on planning in Andalucía, Alicia Martínez Martin.
The groups represent foreign homeowners who are experiencing problems with the legality of their homes, some of which are likely to be demolished. Some 250,000 properties across Andalucía are though to have been built illegally.
AUAN president, Maura Hillen, said “It is one of the few occasions on which we felt that we were being listened to and understood, apart from Izquierda Unida who have also been receptive to our concerns.”
“I just hope that the good intentions of the PP are put into practice,” Hillen added.