The Municipal Urbanism Management of Santa Cruz has issued an instruction that leaves without protection to the properties that are not included in the catalog of the General Management Plan (PGO) that is in force, which corresponds to the Basic Adaptation of 2005. This means that hundreds of properties that had been included in the catalog of the canceled Plan of 2013, and in the draft agreed with the Cabildo, still pending approval , in which it went from a thousand to more than 1,300 protected architectural assetsno longer have special treatment within the Management, and which consisted of denying the licenses that were requested (for demolition or works), waiting for the Cabildo to issue a report on the heritage values of the buildings in question.
As can be read in the aforementioned instruction, the continuous arrival of judgments annulling the denial of these licenses in the first instance, due to the owners having appealed to the court, has led the Management to issue that instruction. Thus, it annuls the procedure to be followed in the case of properties that are included in the 2013 catalog, in the draft catalog of the future General Plan, as well as the properties listed in the Historical Heritage Report of the Cabildo of July 15. of 2010 (properties subject to cataloging), “so that only the current cataloging can be taken into account”.
The Urban Planning order continues, stating that “those files that are in process and that affect this type of property must go back to the technical report phase, which will rule on the current regulation established by the Basic Adaptation of the PGO 2005” .
In addition, “those files whose licenses have been denied and are in the process of optional appeal for reinstatement or contentious-administrative appeal, unless they have a dismissal ruling, the denial resolutions must be revoked, the actions taken back to the technical report issuance phase , which will rule on the current regulation established by the Basic Adaptation of the PGO 2005”.
The spokesman for Unidas Podemos, Ramón Trujillo, uncovered this matter yesterday, pointing out that there are “hundreds” of properties that will be affected by this instruction. Trujillo described this situation as an “open bar” for those who want to demolish historic buildings before the protection catalog is approved.
According to the information available to Ramón Trujillo so far, there are at least 12 properties proposed to form part of the new catalog in process, agreed at a technical level between the City Council and the Cabildo de Tenerife, which will be demolished because their owners have managed to the judges give them the reason, because the legal term of precautionary protection has elapsed. The spokesperson for United We Can and United Yes We Can mayoralty recalls that the City Council had until June 2022 to approve the catalogue, for which reason the courts consider that this period of precautionary protection has been exceeded.
From the Urban Planning Management, headed by Guillermo Díaz Guerra, it is confirmed that there are already several sentences that have been received in this regard, one of them affects one of the Miraflores buildings that sparked the first clash with the Cabildo for the protection of its values, in 2017.
Urbanismo emphasizes that if the catalog has not been tested, it is necessary to look at the Government of the Canary Islands, where the document has been in existence for a year and a half, and has not yet started the file to carry out the environmental evaluation.