Construction of illegal micro-housing halted in La BordetaThe city police have paralysed the construction of micro-housing units at the premises at C/ Constitució 114, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc, as the homes don’t meet legal requirements guaranteeing the right to dignified housing.
A municipal inspection found that the developers were intending to create accommodation capsules of less than three square metres with communal areas. The design would lead to overcrowding of residents in unsuitable conditions, not permitted by current legislation.
Irregularities in the permits for the work were also detected. The developers were only in possession of a prior notification for minor work and no notification or licence for larger works, required for any changes in the layout and distribution of the premises.
Housing, an essential right
Some 94% of Barcelona residents believe the city has a housing problem, with half of those considering the issue as very serious. People are demanding action to tackle the situation, get prices down and increase the amount of social housing available.
To this end the Right to Housing Plan 2016-2025 has been developed and includes the construction of over 4,500 affordable flats in the city. These homes will be managed by the future affordable housing operator, which will be created via a public competition.
The first projects using the new temporary housing model from the APROP provisional housing programme are also now under way and are intended to respond to emergency housing situations.
In a similar vein, the agreement between organisations and political groups to earmark 30% of new-build homes for protected housing will help make private property developers jointly responsible for protecting the right to dignified housing, while the budgetary item for the Barcelona Housing Consortium provides another boost for affordable housing with an additional 64 million euros.