Barcelona Suspends Licenses In The Streets

In order to preserve the commercial balance of the area and avoid gentrification as a secondary effect, the Barcelona City Council’s government commission has decreed a suspension of licenses and building permits for one year that will prevent the new establishment of musical entertainment venues , restoration and food trade in the streets and squares of the future ‘superilla’ of Eixample .

This avoids the saturation of certain types of businesses, essentially catering and food , which may be attracted by the new urban commitment. Specifically, it is shielded so that it does not become an Enric Granados type case, in the words of the Councilor for Ecology and Urbanism, Janet Sanz.

As explained by the consistory this Friday, the moratorium affects the premises located in the streets of the Consell de Cent between Vilamarí and Roger de Llúria, and the streets of Rocafort and Comte Borrell between Avenida de Roma and Gran Via.

It also includes the section of Carrer de Enric Granados between Plaça del Doctor Letamendi and Consell de Cent, which adds to the specific use plan that has already been ordered around Carrer de Girona.

Sanz has insisted that it is a “very important public investment” that like “any urban improvement” must entail the preservation of commerce and the restoration of the neighborhood and even its empowerment, as has been achieved in the case of Sant Antoni, where ” there have been no closings. ”

The councilor explained that the new area in transformation has about 600 activities, of which 25% are already restoration. ” We do not want monoculture or gentrification,” he emphasized, recalling the case of Enric Granados, where pacification led to an avalanche of new restaurants and terraces.

Uses plan underway
During the suspension period, licenses for new musical activities, restaurants, prepared dishes, self-service, convenience stores and food shops with tasting will not be granted.

Meanwhile, the municipal government will draw up a use plan that regulates public concurrence activities in order to safeguard this local commerce in the area and ensure a variety of establishments on these streets, which will be a priority for pedestrians.

The person in charge of Urbanism has pointed out that the shielding has also worked in the street of Girona , where in fact there is still room to incorporate restoration businesses in some sections.

The city council plans to start the transformation of the ‘superilla’ of Eixample in June 2022 , with the idea that it will be completed in early 2023. The objective, he reiterated, is to deploy green axes as “healthy spaces, for walks, enjoyment and game”.

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