The reconstruction of a house on the dune of Praia Suave Mar, in Esposende, in the heart of the Natural Park of the North Coast, is generating controversy.
The Bloco de Esquerda questioned the government, considering that the municipality is “truly incomprehensible for the licensing of expansion, construction and reconstruction works in the dune cordon”.
The PCP had already classified the reconstruction as “a clear and scandalous environmental attack”.
Both parties demand demolition.
In turn, confronted by O MINHO, the Câmara de Esposende clarifies that the Municipal Master Plan (PDM) applies there, in which “there is nothing to prevent the existing building / construction from being the object of urban interventions, namely, the object of works of alteration and enlargement ”.
In the question posed to the government, the blockers speak of two works and consider that, “although there have been houses on the site for several decades, the licensing” of these specific cases “happened after the creation of the Litoral Norte Natural Park, which protects the dune cordon, and after the promulgation of the Caminha-Espinho Coastal Coastal Management Plan, which determines measures for the defense and protection of the coastline ”.
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Therefore, Bloco de Esquerda considers “the licensing of expansion, construction and reconstruction works on the dune cord” to be truly incomprehensible ”, adding that“ the passivity of the management of the Natural Park of the North Coast, in particular, and of the Conservation Institute is equally surprising. of Nature and Forestry (ICNF), in general, in view of the environmental attack that constitutes the building of buildings in sensitive and protected areas, as is the case of the dune cord of the Suave Mar beach in Esposende ”.
That said, the party defends “the demolition of the building whose location violates the norms and objectives set forth in the instruments for the protection of nature and land use must be seen as a necessary action to protect the coastline and, inherently, the populations ”.
“It is imperative that this construction be stopped”
The same solution had already been defended by the Esposende PCP: “It is imperative that this construction be blocked and that measures be taken as a matter of urgency for the demolition of what has already been built, reduce its volume or even prevent this construction, considering, in this case, a possible compensation from the owner” .
For the communists, it is incomprehensible to warn “restaurant owners and residents, for example, in the area of Cedovém and Pedrinhas in Apúlia, for the emergence of building demolitions, all with the justification of the advance of the sea and coastal erosion and, at the same time, time, allow buildings to be built, true aberrations and environmental attacks, in the most coastal and high-risk area of the municipality, such as this one at Praia Suave Mar ”.
“There is nothing to prevent the existing building / construction from being the object of urban interventions”
Urged by O MINHO to clarify the licensing of the controversial work, the Esposende Chamber begins by explaining that “the building / construction in question is located in an area covered by the Municipal Master Plan (PDM), Coastal Coastal Planning Plan (POOC) and Planning Plan for the Natural Park of the North Coast (POPNLN) ”.
“Thus, and according to the POOC order letter, the building is located in an area of regulatory application of the Municipal Spatial Planning Plans (PMOT); According to the POOC conditioning letter, the building is part of the Natura 2000 Network; According to the POPNLN synthesis plan, the building is located in an area with no protection regime ”, adds the autarchy, adding that,“ thus, the provisions of the PDM apply ”.
“And the current PDM qualifies the site in question as urbanized soil, as far as operational qualification is concerned, with nothing to do with regard to heritage and safeguard values. The same document in force (PDM) establishes the place as residential areas of dwellings, with regard to functional qualification, nothing being noted with regard to the letter of conditions ”, underlines the Chamber in the note sent to O MINHO.
Therefore, the autarchy continues, “with the necessary adaptation to the planning instruments in force, which is verified, which is verified, there is nothing to prevent the existing building / construction from being the object of urban interventions, namely, the object of alteration and expansion works”.
The Esposendense municipality says that the only entity consulted, due to its location, was the Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF), due to the fact that the building is located on the Natura 2000 Network. in an area where the building rules contained in the PDM are exclusively applicable, there was no need for an opinion to be issued (letter 57487/2018 / DCNF-N / DPAP of 10/18/2018).
“It should be noted that the building in question has one floor below the threshold level and two floors above the threshold level. And this is how it appears in the license that was issued. More refers that the number of floors is compatible with the predicted in the PDM for the place ”, underlines the Chamber.
In the clarification, the autarchy led by Benjamim Pereira argues that “the urban quality of Esposende is a characteristic of our territory, the municipality being recognized for the correct control of the building’s buildings and the quality of public space”. And he regrets the “political advantage of a situation that is properly framed and provided for in the Law”.
This “political advantage” will have the “objective of denigrating the Municipality of Esposende and its Mayor in particular, damaging, with this type of attitudes, the image of the Municipality”, reads in the clarification.
Finally, the Chamber considers that “these attitudes only denote the lack of ethics and some ignorance that characterizes a certain political activity that avoids any responsibility who, by system, only knows how to denigrate the image of those who work for the population”.
The reconstruction work on top of the dune continues and does not escape the sight of those who pass through the area.
The matter now awaits a response from the government.