The number of housing starts in Tarragona falls by more than 40% compared to 2021

In the first six months of the year the number of newly built homes started in the city of Tarragona was thirty. This is revealed by the data collected by the Association of Promoters of Catalonia, according to which this represents a drop of 44.5% compared to the same period last year. On the other hand, finished units have practically multiplied by three, going from 82 to 237 in this first semester. These are some of the data that were released at the conference 'Tarragonès: reptes i oportunitats del sector immobilitari', organized by the Association of Promoters of Catalonia (APCE)In collaboration with CaixaBank, and that had as a background the debate on the future POUM, which last week began the phase of the participatory process.

"The problem of this city is not different from that of other cities, which is that there is an imbalance between supply and demand," said the president of the Association of Promoters of Catalonia in Tarragona, Daniel Roig. The sector exposes the data provided by the Generalitat, according to which, in order to balance supply and demand, some 25,000 new flats should be built in Catalonia each year. Over the past year, this number has remained at 15,106so "there is still a long way to go", said the general director of APCE, Marc Torrent.

Real estate developers did not enter to assess the growth sectors or specify the housing needs that should guarantee the POUM for the future. The most approximate figure was given by Marc Torrent, who placed the need for new housing in the Camp de Tarragona at 2,000 units per year. And, in this sense, the president of the collective in the Tarragona regions justified that "rehabilitation, developing empty lots and filling in holes are very good policies for the city, but in the long term they may not be enough if Tarragona continues to be so attractive".

Daniel Roig He asked for the "consensus" of all the political forces so that the future general plan can go ahead with broad support. "Urban planning is a very long-term thing and, in the end, doing things without a broad consensus can mean that the day the government changes, everything is lost," he said.

The councilor for Territori, Xavier Puig, was in charge of inaugurating a session in which there were some of the main promoters of the city. During his speech, he defended that the new POUM is "a very good opportunity to move from a scenario of unlimited growth to another with sustained and sustainable growth." "We have a very wide economic field to cover," said the third deputy mayor, who explained that the plans that want to be developed "do not monopolize growth," unlike the large sectors that are now discontinued and the municipal government does not want to include in this review.

With Tarragona, Altafulla, El Catllar and Vila-seca lead the new developments in the Tarragonès region, while in a second line is Wheel of Berà, that last year it was the second municipality with the most housing starts, only behind Salou and Tarragona.

Camp de Tarragona leads

Data from the Associació de Promoters de Catalunya show that during the first half of this year construction activity in the Camp de Tarragona has picked up "significantly", with a growth of more than 56% compared to the same period last year. The Tarragonès, Baix Camp and Baix Penedès lead this recovery, while in the interior regions the new construction continues stagnant.

Other favorable data refers to the sale of housing, which has increased by more than one twenty% in the southern regions of Catalonia, both in terms of new and second-hand housing.

Blai Morera, director of Real Estate Business at CaixaBank, provided the macro context to see where the sector is expected to evolve in the near future. Studies point to "certain symptoms of slowdown in demand" due to the increase in interest rates. Despite this, the financial sector defends that housing manufacturing continues to be below demand, so that "with the current data it does not seem that we have a real estate bubble problem." With these data on the table, Morera pointed to a "low risk" of a sudden correction in the market and, therefore, in prices.

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