Acquisition of the Casetes d’Encarnació a step closerThe 200-year-old holm oak tree in C/ Encarnació, in Gràcia, has been out of danger of being cut down for some time. The Government Commission has now approved the revocation of the building permit and the withdrawal of permission for demolition, setting the cost of expropriating the houses at C/ Encarnació 13-15 and 17 at six million euros.
The agreement is a step forward in the process to recover the little houses in this street, the aim being to build a nursery school there and possibly include housing with services.
Besides the six million euros approved for the expropriation of the houses, the Government Commission has approved the compensation payable for the revocation of the work. The owners of the land will thus receive 1,408,399,86 euros to limit asset liability and avoid litigation.
The protest by local residents that didn’t just save an oak tree
A protest by local people in November 2018 alerted the City Council to some work in C/ Encarnació which posed a threat to a 200-year-old holm oak in the Gràcia neighbourhood. The demolition of the houses, planned to make way for the construction of 28 homes, was brought to a halt and the oak tree listed and protected.
The tree went onto the list of trees of local interest and is now protected as an asset of public interest. After the demolition work was halted and the historical tree listed, work began to revoke the building permits.
An agreement was reached later with the Salvem l’Alzina platform to start the process to expropriate the houses in C/ Encarnació and decide what facilities should be housed there.