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Wednesday, 04 August 2010
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Your Questions
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

This section is for members only. Log in and click read more for info on how to send us your questions and to read a selection of questions we have received.


1 What is the Advance PGOU?
  It is a mapped plan of the Chiclana area showing how land would be classified with regard to development. ie: Urban, Urbanisable etc  under the new plan.
2 My house used to be on yellow land and it is now on a beige colour what does that mean?


REPORT FROM Members Meeting on New PGOU
Thursday, 29 July 2010

Over 100 members attended the ChiFRA informative meeting on the “New PGOU” at the Casa de la Cultura on July 23rd. Juan Antonio from “Temple Cambria Lawyers” answered member’s questions and several copies of the plan were handed out on DVD.

A further meeting was held at Venta Lopez on July 28th. If you were not able to attend these two meetings about the revised PGOU plan then these are some basic points from the meetings.

Urbanisation........An Alternative View
Wednesday, 28 July 2010

"A Mockery of Democracy"  written by Román Orozco for El Pais 15.07.10 
Translated by Vicky Atherton

The world has turned upside-down: a group of residents has created a political party with the aim of legalising the infractions of planning laws which they themselves have committed.

Political parties should be used as a way to defend the common good, not the interests of a select few, much less so if these interests are of a criminal nature. Yet this seems to be what has happened in the town of Chiclana (Cádiz), where, in a population of approximately 80,000 inhabitants, some 15,000 houses are recognised as illegal.
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Urbanisation how we got to be where we are now
Sunday, 18 July 2010

With Artistic licence.

Back in the mid 1990’s the EU decided it would be good for everyone to have drinking water in their homes; coupled with this was the right to have sewerage removed. There were lots of other things in this “Bill of Rights” but for the purposes of this document, I am going to ignore them.

So Spain said to its autonomous regions, “Go forth and make this edict happen”; so the Junta de Andalucia spoke to all its towns and said “Go forth and make a plan” and they called it PGOU (a plan with maps – the AGB is the actual bye-laws). So Chiclana Town council said “OK” and stopped giving out permissions to build anything so they would not have a moving target.

So the plan was born some seven years later; but in that time all the builders, entrepreneurs and sponsors, etc had found ways of “(il)-legally” building new houses. If you go back to Franco’s time, every man was given 5,000 metres and if he could not provide his family with food then he could starve. And if his son got a wife then the father could build them a nice new house in a corner of the 5,000 metres and they could all live on it happily.

Given this fact and that builders still had parcels of land, why not put a road in, divide the plot up and get ten houses built of 500 metres each! Sell them to the unsuspecting good people of the world and hope that the town plan would accommodate all this mess! Of course, having the fines for building less than the cost of the necessary permission just fuelled the fire.   

End of my artistic licence.

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Revised PGOU
Thursday, 15 July 2010


The revised PGOU (Plan General de Ordenacion Urbano) Plan was officially published on July 12th, the thirty day timescale to make any comments or to ask for amendments starts from that date.  You can  go to the Urbanisation offices to view the documents but to discuss any details you do need to make an appointment.  

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