The Government of Navarre has reactivated the old Etxabakoitz plan, a macro housing project around the new railway station that was paralyzed for eleven years (it was approved in 2010) due to the uncertainty that has existed regarding the arrival of the TAV to Pamplona and the location of the new station, as well as the difficulty of moving the company Huntsman. The new plan, which cuts by two-thirds the commercial area and servicesraise up to 11,733 the total number of homes that is planned to be built in phases, staggered and “depending on the real demand for housing”, which is drawn as one of the greatest growths in the city for the coming years.
The project, which in June will be the subject of a consultative citizen participation process, contemplates the construction of 2,800 new homes (1,800 more subsidized homes) compared to the initial proposal. A modification of the current PSIS that emphasizes residential use (between Exabakoitz and San Jorge), with a 60% protected housing, reduces the planned commercial and tertiary uses (offices) to a third, and that is totally unrelated to the high-speed rail project that is already left to the whim of the plans and rhythms of the State, and the future transfer of the Huntsman company. In other words, houses can be built regardless of whether the construction of the section of the TAV that crosses the Pamplona region is delayed (the location of the station has already been decided to be in Etxabakoitz) or the future of Huntsman (in the participatory process, company contributions). And it will be done in different phases, depending on the option chosen through a participatory process, instead of addressing it in a single development.
Specifically, in an area of two and a half million square metres, 6,724 will be protected (3,125 VPO and 3,599 VPT), 1,800 more than initially planned, and other 5,009 free homes compared to the 4,065 originally planned.
Substitute “the huge areas destined for large investments commercial” (goes from 315,000 m2 to 105,000 m2) for land destined for protected housing is the main proposal introduced by the Regional Government in the modification of the planning, he assured yesterday Pedro Lopez, General Director of Public Works and Infrastructures. The commercial offer is thus considerably reduced by 210,000 square meters and moves away from “the completely excessive area for both large-area retail and offices”. This reduction would not affect local trade.
Another advance is to divide the sector into different delivery areas, instead of undertaking a single development (Etxabakoitz and San Jorge), in such a way that, once the participation process is over and one of the three proposed alternatives is decided, the construction works can be tackled progressively and ” depending on the housing needs that exist”. “These are very broad developments that will take time and there is no urgency or deadlines. The same thing happened with the Rochapea Partial Plan, which cost a lot, it takes thirty years,” he remarked.
López also stressed that the simplest natural growth would be the one attached to Barañain as it is not affected by demolitions, houses or roads. Next would be the environment Arostegui Avenueand in last place would be the land of the current station in Saint George.
TRAFFIC, OFFICES AND HOMES
As explained by the architect and coordinator of the PSIS Juan Lopez Asensioall the alternatives include these changes: the elimination or palliation of traffic on the road that runs south of the Urdanoz Group; a significant reduction in tertiary uses (offices and a large business park) and commercial uses in favor of residential ones; the establishment of a corridor of sufficient width in the area of the Estación del Norte; the formalization of aróstegu avenuei with residential uses; and the relocation of the parcels redefined in the Detailed Study that was initially approved.
Throughout the month of May, the report that has just been presented to the Consortium (Government, Zizur, Cendea, Pamplona and Adif) will be completed with the corresponding management schemes, which will give rise to the Participation Plan. After the aforementioned participation process, and according to the forecasts handled by the Government of Navarra, the detailed scope of the modification of the PSIS could already be defined over the next few months.