8 Jul, 2019 @ 15:08
1 min read

FOR CHRIST’S SAKE: Completion of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia in trouble AGAIN as 3,000 residents fear their homes will become building site

A RESIDENT’S association has begun legal action to stop the completion of Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia.

Construction of the emblematic cathedral stalled after architect Antoni Gaudi’s drawings were destroyed in a 1930s fire.

Officials then could not find any record of planning permission being granted when Gaudi took over construction in 1885.

But after permission was finally granted by mayor Ada Colau last month, plans may be scuppered again by 3,000 people who fear for the fate of their apartments.

SAGRADA SHADOWS: Residents fear they will have to leave their apartments

Residents particularly on Carrer de Mallorca, which runs along the east side of the cathedral, worry they will have to vacate their homes as the area becomes a building site.

“We are directly affected and that is why we want to take the necessary legal actions”, Salvador Barroso, a spokesman for the Association of those Affected by the Construction of the Sagrada Familia, told El Pais.

The newly-formed association will present a legal complaint to Barcelona’s Supreme Court, as well as ask the Town Hall to rescind planning permission.

Colau last month allowed building work to proceed until 2026, by which time completion of a planned 12 towers would see La Sagrada Familiar become Europe’s tallest religious structure, at 172.5 metres height.

She also approved €4.6 million to correct the iconic anomaly in Barcelona’s skyline.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Story

EXCLUSIVE: England ace Paul Gascoigne has stayed off the booze and only scrape was breaking thumb on a quad bike during Benidorm break

Next Story

Cockroaches are becoming IMMUNE to powerful insecticides

Latest from Costa Blanca

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press