Barcelona wants the housing shortage in the 22 @

A neighborhood without neighbors – or with too few neighbors to make a network – is not a neighborhood. This is the starting point of the agreement signed today by the Barcelona City Council and the tenth of entities that participated in the process that should serve to adapt the 22 @ eight-year plan after approval. For this reason, the most striking change to the proposed measures is to increase the percentage of reserved housing, which until now was 10% and after months of reflection it is proposed to grow to 30%, the percentage that is considered optimal for To guarantee a certain neighborhood life.

This amendment would apply to the northern sector of 22 @, the least developed, between Gran Vía and Diagonal, which represents about 80 hectares, and would allow to build between 5,000 and 6,000 dwellings which, as explained in the Council today, they will always have to be officially protected and preferably rented, although not all of municipal initiative will be, because the urban development that the city hall receives for the transformation of space is not covered. So many square meters of floor. This should be a major change in the physiognomy and life of 22 @, a field of 200 hectares where originally a total of 4,000 homes were planned, of which there is currently no more than half. In fact, only a quarter of the original planning has been built today. And the actions performed are mainly concentrated, under the diagonal. That is, in the South, which also represents an urban change, because some areas can retain the Poblenou's own physiognomy and can not be transformed according to the criteria of the new district.

At the signing ceremony of the new agreement to transform 22 @, Mayor Ada Colau pointed out that we need to look into the aspects of social cohesion & # 39; in this area, which is so focused on economic activity. The mayor, who emphasized that the proposal was led by civil society, assured that it will work to approve the city council before the end of the mandate. The document presented is, according to the municipal government, "the minimum common denominator" achieved after months of work between local entities, companies and universities to lay the foundations for the new technological district of Barcelona. The result, which includes 19 measures, is a roadmap similar to the route that, even after months of reflection, was made with neighbors in the vicinity of Plaça de les Glòries to mark the criteria of the reform that still exists today. . is on the way

In the northern part of the 22 @, other changes are foreseen, such as improving the permeability of Parc Central del Poblenou, the work of Jean Nouvel and currently surrounded by walls. Barcelona has already made it clear in its election program that it wanted to change it. At this moment it has not yet done so, and it still does not describe how the space is expected to make space breathtaking, but it is clear that the idea is to drop at least part of the wall. It is also planned to make it more suitable for local residents such as Pere IV, who want to be in the park all the time and want to be a reference space for heritage and culture, and Cristóbal de Moura, who is becoming. a green axis Both ways will play a leading role in the new 22 @.

Emphasis is also put on projects such as the redefinition of the former Can Ricart production complex to become a central element in the area and the key role of Ca l & # 39; Alier, the space where today is made the presentation and it has been reclaimed as a reference center for smart cities.

Less hectares of 22 @

The planned change to win housing in the northern area implies an amendment to the General Urban Plan. And it will not be the only one, because what you want to do in the south is to get the 22 @ rating in some areas where it has been determined that 18 years later the owners of the different rooms are not placed agree to make of the transformation, which is the essential step to transform the area into an island of houses of the new technological district and to apply the criteria that govern the area. This means in practice that 22 @ will not transform the planned 200 hectares and that some areas will retain their original morphology. This change is foreseen for the islands that have many small parcels and whose owners have not agreed.

Other planned actions in the plan are the revision of the Sant Martí district plan of use to promote the balance between the different economic activities and to revise the special heritage plan of the Poblenou so that it can contain new elements. Another objective presented today is the consolidation of the enlarged committee, which led to the 22 @ review process, which must be maintained as an administrative body in this area.

"Yes" local critic

The Pere Eix Pere IV table, the Association of Neighbors of Poblenou and the Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Barcelona, ​​which are local entities that have signed the agreement, note that they do so with a & # 39; yes & # 39; -criticus, because the end document does not contain all your requirements, but they categorize it for "responsibility". They state that there are improvements in the current planning, but regret, for example, that there is not enough guarantee that the entire house is public or that high office buildings are not prevented and the commitment to the economy of innovation

Since the opposition, the PSC regretted that the various factions were not included in the thinking process. The Socialists say that the proposal submitted today by the municipal government is "clearly insufficient" and the mayor will ask to set up a committee on the future of 22 @ with representatives of the parties.