Last 8 April, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council's urban planning corporation, Ensanche 21 Zabalgunea, held a technical-informative session on the rehabilitation of buildings in Vitoria-Gasteiz, new lines of financial aid for rehabilitating housing, and the application of the Next Generation European Funds.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is going through a change in its development model and the City Council has started the process to revise the General Urban Planning Plan, which contemplates a model based in a more rational use of land to achieve a more compact and cohesive city, avoiding urban sprawl.
This new urban strategy seeks to align itself with the territory's sustainable development and the most advanced built heritage management policies, and in this context, the City Council has commissioned Ensanche 21 Zabalgunea to
promote, define and develop different lines of work focused on the rehabilitation and/or regeneration of the districts in Vitoria-Gasteiz built between the years 1960-1980. These lines basically consist of:
Line 1: Analysis of the buildings
At façade level, the different types of existing buildings are being analysed to determine the needs for intervention they may require. An accessibility study has been carried out on the buildings to propose solutions in cases where universal access is not yet possible.
Line 2: Proposals for action
For buildings within the Degraded Areas, fact sheets are being prepared for each type of building with an estimate of the costs of the works that will be necessary, so that residents can know the amounts the interventions would
cost and can make decisions.
Line 3: Subsidies and financial aid for rehabilitation.
Related to the financial aid and subsidies that can be applied for when rehabilitation work is planned.
Throughout the last year, the Basque Government has approved a new order for financial aid for rehabilitation in homes and buildings, accessibility and energy efficiency and Europe has launched an aid package called the NextGenerationEU Recovery and Resilience Facility, which will have a direct impact on our city in the very short term.
Additionally, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council will soon launch a specific financial aid regulation to support rehabilitation in the Old Quarter. All of this financial aid and these lines of action will be dealt with during the session.