The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has rejected the resources of the Federació d’Associacions de Veïns de Barcelona (FAVB) and the CUP and has endorsed the urban plan approved in 2018 to reform the Camp Nou and its surroundings, the project known as Espai Barça. In both judgments, the contentious court of the TSJC dismisses the appeals that the FAVB and the CUP presented against the Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat and FC Barcelona due to the agreement of the Urban Planning subcommittee that in May 2018 gave the green light to the modification of the general metropolitan plan to remodel the facilities of Fútbol Club Barcelona.
The court, which imposes the payment of costs to the appellants, rules out lack of motivation in the contested urban planning and stresses that the CUP and the FAVB have not proven that the reform was approved “regardless of discretion, or away from the general interests that it should serve.” The court also rules out that the urban reform is approved “without taking into account the social function of the property or the stability or legal security” or that the project “is materially and economically unviable.”
Increase public facilities
According to the court, neither the file provided by the appellants nor the expert evidence shows that the approved reform “is irrational, incoherent, unmotivated, contrary to the principle of sustainable urban development and the preservation of heritage, coexistence, neighborhood interests or ecology and natural values. “For this reason, the room does not appreciate any cause for nullification of the urban modification and recalls that the General Metropolitan Plan has been modified with respect to its wording original to increase the public equipment to the detriment of the private, “without the scope of one or the other in square meters can influence arbitrariness”.
In addition, for the hall, it has not been “at all” proven that the reduction in private sports facilities provided for in the remodeling project is no longer being offset. with an increase in green areas in the area. Specifically, the contested agreement transforms part of the land to introduce tertiary and hotel uses, opens the environment of the public space, burying the parking lot, remodeling the Barcelona stadium and its surroundings and providing it with complementary activities of restoration, services and recreational spaces at the service of the club.
Some of the measures envisaged by this agreement have already been carried out, such as the demolition of the Miniestadi. The plan also foresees building a new Palau Blaugrana and creating an annex pavilion for the rest of the sports activities of the sections, such as hockey, handball or futsal.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.