The land where the 11 houses will be built / e. cabezas

Nerja starts its first social housing project in over a decade

The town hall has appointed the architects who will supervise the construction of eleven properties, at a cost of 1.45 million euros, which will be rented out to young people

Eugenio Cabezas

Nerja’s first social housing development (VPO) in more than a decade is about to get under way. Eleven affordable rental properties for young people are to be built in the centrally located Calle Zurbarán, in the Llano de Rufino area. The last development of this kind was completed in 2009.

The town hall has approved the appointments of the project manager; the architect who drafted the project, Rafael Sevillano, the director of implementation, technical architect Miguel Angel Huesca, and the health and safety coordinator, the technical architect Adoración Gil.

The town hall said in a statement that “The contract was signed with the successful bidder Bilba Constructora Andalucía on 26 August and once the appointment process has been completed, we will soon formalise the start of work.”

The eleven social housing units will see an investment of 1,45 million euros, of which the town hall is financing just over 1,2 million euros. The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, through the Andalusian regional government, is providing 218,130 euros.

War in Ukraine

The eleven homes will be two-storey buildings, with a living-dining room, kitchen, bathroom, two or three bedrooms and will have a basement floor with parking and storage rooms.

The project is part of the Municipal Housing Plan for Young People, included in the Municipal Shock Plan which was developed to provide financial help following the Covid-19 pandemic, approved by Partido Popular (PP), Ciudadanos, Unidas Podemos and Vox, with the abstention of socialist PSOE party and the independent councillor, José García.

Last May the town hall revised the project after a first tender for the works was rejected due to the increase in costs as a result of the war in Ukraine. The cost went from 1,17 million euros to 1,46 million euros.