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Land Grab (Local Authority Land Acquisition)
In recent years there has been a great deal of attention given by the British press to the issue commonly known as “land grab” and, whilst there is some truth in the reports, they have been somewhat exaggerated and misreported.
In the year 2000, the Junta de Andalucía passed a law, “Ley Reguladora de la Actividad Urbanística” (LRAU), granting to local authorities the power to order the change of use of rustic land to urban land. The law was introduced to enable local authorities to acquire rustic land for the purpose of constructing social housing. In the UK we do, of course, have a compulsory purchase scheme enabling Local Authorities to do much the same.
Rustic land can be defined as land on which there is little or no infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water. The LRUA provides local authorities with the power to classify rustic land as land suitable for conversion to urban land.
Owners of such rustic land, which forms part of land that the local authority deems suitable for conversion, can be obliged to sell part of their land to the local authority for the installation of roads and services to the area. They are, of course, compensated but only at a rate deemed suitable for rustic land and not necessarily what the owner perceives to be the market value of their land.
The landowner can be required to contribute to the cost of the installations along with all other landowners in the given area. In return the landowner enjoys the use of the new services, often increasing the value of the land.
The important point to realise about the LRUA, is that it only applies to rustic land. As such, if the property you are intending to buy already falls within an area designated as urban land, with all the associated services, the property cannot be subject to change by the Local Authority in the future.
As part of our service at Greenfields we will, of course, affect a search of the title to check the classification of the land on which your property is located enabling you to enter the purchase with all the facts to hand.