Contention of urban growth in the surroundings - Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona), ES
The Sant Boi de Llobregat City Council has prevented the urbanisation of thenatural space of the valley of Can Carreres.
The Metropolitan Master Plan designed in 1976 established a reserve of urban land for the growth of Sant Boi in the valley of Can Carreres of 26.22Ha, which may hold up to 655 housing. These housing would have been unaffordable for the local youth, which often emigrated to nearby cities looking for cheaper housing.
In 2000, the private initiative to build a new residential sector in the valley of Can Carreres, a natural space in the surroundings of Sant Boi, generated a social opposition from the neighbours. Therefore, the City Council decided to modify the urban planning, achieved a commitment with the landowners, signed an agreement with the civil agents and developed a new strategy:growth within the urban space instead of occupation of new land.
Among the positive impacts of this initiative are: the introduction of previous environmental reports in urban projects; citizens’ participation and signature of agreements to solve conflicts; change of the status of some private housing to social housing; public acquisition of the natural space ofthe valley of Can Carreres to guarantee its protection.
Sant Boi de Llobregat City Council
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