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City Councils and Regional Administrations “Resuscitate” Protected Housing

Regional and municipal administrations have begun to test formulas such as the transfer of rights to operate on land allocated for affordable housing, but property developers are continuing to demand the transfer of land for private development.

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In the protected housing business, there is a paradox that the administrations are the largest landowners, but they are not developing the plots they hold. Their portfolio comes from land transfers of all kinds that property developers and private owners are obliged to set aside by virtue of the percentages established by the urban plans under which they operate.

The logical thing would be for the administrations themselves to develop a public stock of social housing, both for sale or rent, to protect the most disadvantaged. Failing that, they should sell the plots to private developers. In practice, neither alternative is happening. In the opinion of Carolina Roca, the Vice-President of Asprima, the property developers’ association of Madrid, the reason is that “the Administration is not capable of getting rid of the mantra that selling or transferring these plots is not undermining their heritage, but rather giving them a use and reinvesting in the community and in the citizens”.

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