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40 associations say enough to the new shopping centers in Pamplona

More than 40 merchant associations in Navarra have expressed their discomfort with the new commercial developments in Pamplona and the region and have rejected “any new large-scale commercial development outside the urban fabric of our towns and cities”.

In a statement issued this Friday, the Navarra Merchants Association has stated that retail and proximity trade “is a model to be preserved, for which urban planning is the most important and effective instrument available to the competent public administrations, especially city councils and local entities”.

And he has warned that “the actions of planning of infrastructures and commercial endowments that put this model at risk, are one of the greatest risks faced by the retail commercial sector in Navarra”.

In this sense, he pointed out that “in all the regulatory developments that we know of, the defense of preserving a compact, balanced and sustainable city model is aimed at, such as the Provincial Law of Commerce or Provincial Decree 1/2017 approving the revised text of the Regional Law on Territory and Urbanism.

However, he pointed out that “currently there are several commercial projects in different stages of planning and gestation in the Region of Pamplona“, among which he highlighted “the super being plot (32,000 square meters)” and “that of Azpilagaña Sur (between 6 and 11,000 square meters)”.

In the opinion of the association, the actions and public politics in terms of urban planning and commerce should be oriented towards “the subordination of the uses of land and constructions to the general interest”, “the preferential implementation of commerce within the urban nucleus of the municipalities”, “the maintenance of the retail commerce system within the urban nucleus of the Navarran municipalities”, the “promotion of a compact city model in which there is harmony between the residential uses and commercial activities or “the reduction of mobility in order to avoid unnecessary travel.

As stated, currently, the occupancy rate of the commercial area in Pamplona “is less than 50%“, which “causes a profound reconversion of the commercial value of the premises, increasing the value of the commercial surface in the periphery while decreasing the commercial value of the city center and its neighborhoods. Real estate value moves from small owners to large investment funds and multinationals,” she said.

Given this, the question has been asked whether “it is logical and convenient to continue creating new commercial endowments in the periphery, such as Super Ser, Azpilagaña Sur, Etxabakoitz (TAV) or promote large vertical commerce with these commercial unemployment figures that will continue to accentuate the disintegration of the city’s commerce and its negative effects”.

For all these reasons, he has asked that “immediately” it be promoted from the Navarre Government the development of the Foral Law of Commerce “in such a way that commercial uses can only and exclusively be a complement to residential use and this links to municipal urban development and planning as the only guarantee of maintaining the balance between different commercial formats”.

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