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Owners of illegal homes say Junta's new measures won't go far enough

Some rural homes in Andalucía still are classifed as illegal.r
Some rural homes in Andalucía still are classifed as illegal.r / SUR
  • Campaign groups like SOHA explain that many homes are already connected to basic services and what is needed is "legalisation not regularisation"

Owners of the estimated 22,000 homes built illegally on land not zoned for construction in the Axarquía and elsewhere in the Malaga area are calling on the Junta de Andalucía to be "braver" about dealing with the situation.

Many are foreigners and members of SOHA (Save Our Homes in Axarquía) and other action groups.

They want a definitive solution so that their properties can be legalised as well as connected to basic services where necessary.

The SOHA statement comes after the Junta de Andalucía announced this week that it will be working harder to solve the problem of 300,000 homes in Andalucía.

The regional government will draw up special custom plans that don't rely on the harder-to-change PGOU master town plans in order to regularise the status of homes.

The Junta also wants to extend the range of the so-called AFO assimilated special status to more homes that will allow them to connect up their water and gas.

A spokesperson explained it wasn't a case of "wiping the slate clean, rather analysing each case" individually.

But SOHA spokesman and acting mayor of Alcaucín, Mario Blancke, says the measures don't go far enough, at least in La Axarquía, and what is needed is "brave" legalisation not just regularisation, to enable owners who bought in good faith to move with their lives

Other groups, such as AVR Mijas, point out that although some houses have no licence, their owners have been paying taxes for years and benefiting from services, so that the Junta's new initiatives aren't particularly helpful for many who just want to be told they are finally legal.