Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spanish NIMBYs fighting back

British couple sentenced to eight months in Spanish prison for building retirement villa on protected land

David and Janet Hartshorn illegally built a large house on protected land near the Costa del Sol town of Torrox, a judge ruled. Speaking at the property under threat of demolition, Mrs Hartshorn said she had not yet been informed of the judge's ruling. 'This is terrible news,' she said. 'I am very upset by this. We haven't been told anything about the result of the court case. We have a meeting with our solicitor on Wednesday. The house was built nine years ago and people are still building houses illegally round here.'

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 03:29 PM (1860 views)
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8 thoughts on “Spanish NIMBYs fighting back

  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    “The couple built the 2580-square-feet house on land which only had permission for a house one tenth that size.

    In September 2000 they bought a third of an acre of land in Pago de Santilla, near Torrox, on which there was already a tiny ruin of a house of 320 square feet.

    In June 2001 the applied for planning permission but were told they could not build anything bigger than the ruin.”

    El NIMBYos get last laugh as cerebrally challenged ex-pats score magnificent own-goal.

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  • Dos Pajero’s…

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  • SE VENDE

    British need only apply.

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  • It took a long time for the authorities to tell them to stop buiding, and she says people are still building illegally on that patch. Seems as though the word around the local ex-pat BBQs was that the authorities are slow and/or are turning a blind eye to the flouting of planning regs, so build what you want. Or maybe that was the word from local builders. Either way, you have to take what comes when the sh1t finally reaches the fan.

    The report gives the impression that it’s only the British (‘thousands of British expat’) whose Spanish homes are under threat. So what’s the message? Pushy J Foreigner is targetting good, solid British families? Or that only the British are stupid or arrogant enough to ignore planning rules? And why that headline when the small print says they won’t serve the sentence? And why did the ‘reporter’ fail to ask on what grounds they’re going to appeal the decision? Clue: it’s the Daily Mail.

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  • 3. icarus

    In all fairness, she must have thought that the plot was the pool markings.

    Easy mistake to make.

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  • Good, pull it down! Even better video it, put it on You-tube so I can see there miserable boomer faces!

    (Only joking)

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  • I live in Spain and am amazed how many ex pats think they can do what they want as Spains laws are flexible. Years ago you could pay someone under the table and it would be sorted out. However nowadays the local authorities are cashed up from past bribes and are now making examples of people to give themselves a good image (in the eyes of the Spanish). Having said that i’m glad you dont need to have brains to make money to build a house like theirs.

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  • khards – couldn’t have said it better myself (and no you weren’t joking 😉

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