Nice, Saint-Maur… these refractory cities which wish to go additional within the reform of the SRU legislation | EUROtoday

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Construction site in Roncq (North), a town targeted in 2023 for its lack of social housing.  By 2025, the city will build 88, out of the 350 required to comply with the law.

The city of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés wasted no time. Always hostile to the Solidarity and Urban Renewal (SRU) legislation, which requires municipalities in city areas to supply a minimal fee of social housing, the upscale municipality of Val-de-Marne has already taken word of its subsequent reform.

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On January 30, throughout his basic coverage speech to the deputies, the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, introduced the mixing of intermediate housing, reserved for the “upper” center lessons, within the compulsory contingent of HLM assigned to the municipalities. The Les Républicains mayor of Saint-Maur, Sylvain Berrios, instantly included this level on the agenda of his municipal council, and on February 8 had it accepted.

Adopted in 2000 to reply to the scarcity of social housing and promote social range, the emblematic SRU legislation requires municipalities to have 20% or 25% of social housing, relying on the extent of rigidity of their territory. Very removed from this goal, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés doesn’t even handle to succeed in 10%, and has solely progressed slowly since its rating of 5% in 2001.

“Protect us”

The inclusion on this rely of its intermediate housing (aided by the State however with out a social vocation, with out allocation fee or management of the tenants' sources after their entry into the lodging) would permit it to extend in a single fell swoop to 12 %. A welcome acceleration for a municipality which prefers to pay penalties – on this case a levy of greater than 6.5 million euros per yr from municipal funds – somewhat than adjust to the legislation.

To a municipal councilor who criticized him, throughout a gathering on February 8, for “play Don Quixote, defying the State and the law”, and of “throwing taxpayers' money out the window by paying record fines: 40 million euros wasted since 2014, and we will soon be at 50 million”the mayor of Saint-Maur replied that the 6.5 million annual euros weren’t “not wasted”. “It’s to protect us”he argued.

“Well yes, the city does not want the State to preempt everything, anything, at any time; That costs 6.5 million euros, it protects Saint-Maur in the long term.”, he continued, whereas the prefect of Val-de-Marne regained management of the fitting of pre-emption, to be able to create social housing. According to the legislation, it’s in actual fact as much as the prefects to sanction poor municipalities which refuse to participate within the solidarity effort, by means of monetary penalties and presumably by regaining management over the issuance of constructing permits and the fitting of pre-emption.

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