Wed. Apr 8th, 2020

Neighbors and Ecologists will appeal Madrid Nuevo Norte to Justice

The neighborhood associations and Ecologists in Action, who maintain their rejection of Operation Chamartín, have announced that they will appeal to the High Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM) for the final approval of this project, which they consider “urban nonsense” and “speculative business” .

The Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid (FRAVM), Ecologists in Action and the neighborhood associations gathered in the Zona Norte Platform say in a press release that they will present their appeal to the TSJM when the approval is published in the Official Gazette of the Community from Madrid.

Last day 9, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced that the regional Executive will give the green light to Madrid Nuevo Norte (MNN), the urban development known as Operation Chamartín, in the Governing Council scheduled for tomorrow, day 25.

The Community of Madrid has until this month to approve the MNN environmental impact study, which affects a space of three million square meters, where the developer Castellana Norte District (DCN) plans to build 10,500 homes, 4,000 of them public , and a new financial district with a 70-story tower.

The associations say in their note that they reiterate their rejection of this project because it constitutes, they say, “an urban nonsense that seeks, above all, to transfer public land to private entities – BBVA and Constructora San José- for a laughable price of -2,000 million to be paid in 20 years – compared to the benefits they will achieve. “

And they add that given the conditions of “absolute exceptionality” in which Spain finds itself at the moment “it could be expected that the regional and local administrations of Madrid abstain from making decisions of this magnitude and with this degree of social controversy”.

For these associations, the urban operation supposes an “excessive” building capacity, “it misuses the possibilities offered by this strategic land” and implies the “destruction of infrastructures and industrial fabrics in perfect use”.

In addition, they affirm that the regional government and the Madrid City Council “promise 250,000 fictitious jobs”, when “jobs would simply be transferred -if the operation were carried out- while destroying real industrial fabric”.


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