The municipal government is to modify the General Municipal Plan to give seven plots of public land over to social housing. The plots are in the districts of Sarrià – Sant Gervasi, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Sant Martí and Sants-Montjuïc, and will be used for a total of 530 homes and public facilities.
The initiative is a municipal government measure to tackle the city’s housing emergency. The homes in the pipeline will be for specific collectives, such as young people, the elderly, and groups with justified support or emancipation needs. All the buildings must set aside space for public facilities, to be determined according to the needs of each area.
The plot in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district will be used to build 11 homes. Sites in the districts of Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó will be used to build 146 homes in each district, while the Sant Martí district will get 204. Finally, a building with 44 homes has also been added in C/ Alts Forns, in the Sants-Montjuïc district, which had initially been built as home for the elderly.
The choice of sites took into account whether they had a specific use set aside for them, whether they were immediately available, access, the level of development in the surrounding area and their proximity to facilities and services.
The move is based on the fact that plots of land set aside for social housing currently account for 2.46% of land earmarked for public facilities, while the law allows the figure to be elevated to 5%. The initiative follows the move announced four months ago to build a total of 1,145 homes in the next few years. The municipal government is committed to starting the construction of at least 4,000 homes before the current term of office concludes.