Andratx.— The decision by the Balearic High Court to have a block of flats in Avenida Lluïs Alemany in Andratx knocked down due to it being a technically illegal structure, means that 18 families will have to move out.

But Mayor Suau was adament yesterday that no-one is going to be “out on the street” and that his ruling team will be searching for a solution to the challenge.

The demolition order comes 30 years after Andratx town council granted a licence for the block of flats to be built on a plot of land which was categorised at that time as “rural” rather than “urban.” However, the ball is now in the court of Andratx town council. No appeal is allowed against the High Court decision and the local council now has 15 days in which to map out a demolition plan.

Faced with the court order, Suau said he is going to propose to the Balearic Tribunal that they put off the demolition order for a year so that the 18 families still living in the flats are given a chance to get out and find new homes.

Another solution being mulled by the council is to ask the court to take into consideration the fact that land categorisation in Andratx is soon to undergo changes and will mean that once the Planning department have finished their work, the block will thus be sitting on urban land making the structure legal. “In this instance, we shall ask the High Court to look at the case again,” said Suau.


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