25 Apr, 2019 @ 12:04
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British expats in Spain among 100 homeowners to face compulsory purchases of land due to huge pylon network

OFF THE MAP: British expat Ian’s house was not recognised in blueprints for the electrification project, but he could now be forced out of his home

DOZENS of expat homeowners are among the hundreds who are set to lose land – and even property – due to a massive electrification project.

STANDING UP: The Olive Press launched a campaign against the pylons

It comes after the Junta published a list of over 100 properties, which will be affected by the new network of 362 pylons set to be installed across the Alpujarras and Lecrin valleys.

The properties, between Berja and Orgiva, are to be subject of compulsory purchase orders, the Olive Press has discovered.

It comes after we launched a Fight the Power campaign to support expats in February.

“The fact my house could be taken away from me is a pretty terrifying prospect,” said one 59-year-old expat Ian Jones, originally from London, but now living in Orgiva.

“I am not sure how to take my case forward,” the former clinical psychologist added.

NOT RECOGNISED: Ian shows the Olive Press how his house has been ignored by the Junta and REE

The next step is for the Junta to declare the 182km route as a public utility and the process of expropriation will begin.

Some of the homes will be sold at ‘justiprecio’ prices, which is usually lower than a real market price, despite supposedly being compensation.

Expat candidates Maura Hillen
EXPERT: Maura Hillen advised those facing compulsory purchase orders to negotiate a higher price

Legal property expert Maura Hillen told the Olive Press: “Houses expropriated are usually bought for a fairly pathetic price.

“But those affected should seek legal help to negotiate a better price.”

It comes after a UNESCO World Heritage Centre spokesperson confirmed the Spanish government has yet to renew a stalled bid to have the nearby olive groves of Granada recognised.

World heritage status could see the Alpujarras spared from the ecologically destructive pylons, as it would become an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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