Land verdict hope

Court rules in favour of green-belt property owners

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A BILL for over €2,000 on a green-belt plot in Xàtiva has been overturned by a court, giving hope to other landowners in the area.
One of the members of the Cànyoles area landowners’ association was charged ‘urban’ IBI rates on her plot in 2014, despite the area having been declared ‘rural’ in 2012.
Whilst IBI on brown-site land and residential property runs into hundreds or even thousands of euros depending upon its location, rural land rates frequently fall short of double figures and can be as little as a few cents per square metre.
Plots in the Cànyoles area were reclassified as brown-site in 2011 to allow an urbanisation to be built nearby, but no immediate plans for any works were on the cards.
Despite this, IBI tax on the plots went up tenfold to reflect their new brown-belt status.

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