The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, was one of the most enthusiastic at the time of going out to celebrate the agreement between PSOE and United we can to carry out the Housing Law, but the small print of the text, still to be defined, could give the upset with one of its star policies in the Catalan capital: the obligation that all new developments reserve 30% of their homes for social use.
The intention of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, according to La Vanguardia advanced this Tuesday, is that the municipalities can establish as mandatory the reserve of this percentage for protected housing, but provided that they financially compensate the promoters or with equivalent land transfers in other areas. This would mean dismantling the measure approved by the Barcelona City Council in 2018 – validated by the Generalitat -, which establishes that companies must bear the cost.
However, the mayor of Housing of the City Council, Lucía Martín, has avoided charging against the draft of the law – in which “adequate legal-urban compensation mechanisms” are specified – and has assured that they trust that the rule will end up giving coverage to your model. Martín recalled that the law still has to go through an “intense and long” parliamentary process and has implied that he hopes that during that period the possibility of ending a 30% reserve without the aforementioned compensations to the promoters will be contemplated. “We work intensely so that the text ends up collecting it,” he insisted.
The Barcelona mayor has argued that this measure responds to the need for a dense city like Barcelona to continue increasing its stock of protected housing and social rental. “It is not our invention, but it is underway in other European cities,” he insisted.
The intention of the Ministry of Transport, according to the sources cited, is that the indemnities or other types of compensation to the promoters serve to avoid scaring away investors, one of the main controversies that has followed the application of the rule in Barcelona. All the agents of the sector have been denouncing that since 2018 the request for new licenses for large works has been paralyzed – the reserve affects those of more than 600 m2 -, although the City Council defends that the fall is mainly due to the fact that there was a period of moratorium before the approval of the measure in which the majority took the opportunity to do the paperwork and thus avoid it.