The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced at a SUR forum on Monday that in its modification of the Andalusian planning law (LOUA), the new PP-Cs coalition government would give the owners of illegal homes a "second chance".
"We can't have 300,000 illegal homes in Andalucía," he said, adding that 90 per cent of these homes would be "regularised" in the current term of office. He did not specify however what criteria would have to be met by owners to take advantage of this "second chance".
Moreno, who became president of the Junta of Andalucía in January, also announced that a tacit acceptance policy would be applied in the case of consultations made by local authorities regarding partial changes to their town planning regulations. In other words, if a town hall has heard nothing after 15 days it can assume that its application has the green light. Regional minister Elías Bendodo added this week that this "positive administrative silence" would also apply to applications for flood risk reports.
This has been welcomed by property developers, whose projects are often delayed indefinitely due to slow bureaucratic procedures. However experts have pointed out that the tacit acceptance can only apply if the project is legal; high court sentences have previously ruled that the policy does not protect illegal construction works. Bendodo has stressed, however, that the regional Public Works ministry "considers itself capable" of giving a green or red light to an application within a period of 15 days.
Also during the forum in Malaga, Moreno announced that inheritance tax in Andalucía would be abolished from 9 April. He said that the measure, which was included in his party's election manifesto last year, would attract more wealthy investors to the region. The previous Socialist government abolished the tax for inheritance of up to a million euros. Now, however, 99 per cent of the tax payable on inheritance worth more than a million euros will no longer be applied.