Madrid limits the size of ghost kitchens and forces them to load the cast inside after neighborhood protests

The Madrid City Council places limits on industrial kitchens that cause inconvenience to the residents of the city after the mobilizations of some neighborhoods. The premises may not exceed 350 square meters if they want to settle in residential buildings and will be required to have an indoor parking lot to make the distribution, as confirmed by municipal sources. The new conditions are contemplated in the update of the General Urban Planning Plan, the bible of the urban planning regulations of the capital. The Governing Board approves this Thursday a preview of the new PGOUM. The advance is a tool, contemplated in the Land Law, which allows the corporation to advance the project’s master lines and suspend – once it is published in the Official Gazette of the City Council – the licenses that do not comply with the new obligations even if the plan has not yet been processed.

Neighborhood uprising in the Madrid district with more ghost kitchens

Neighborhood uprising in the Madrid district with more ghost kitchens

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The Urban Development area, led by Mariano Fuentes (Citizens), has so far granted a dozen licenses to open these businesses. Those permits are not revoked because the rule does not apply retroactively. There are, in addition, four other requested licenses that will probably be stopped, confirm from the City Council. The corporation seeks with these measures to discourage the opening of kitchens on the ground floor of residential buildings and move them to industrial areas. For this reason, the limitations envisaged for kitchens located in residential buildings do not apply in the case of industrial estates.

In the City Council they admit that a “social alarm” and a “neighborhood mobilization” have been generated that has pushed them to a specific regulation. The opposition and the residents had been demanding a moratorium on licenses from the City Council for months until specific rules were approved for these new businesses. Among the requirements to request the building and operating license, companies must attach a study of “impact of the environment and mobility for all the logistics that are implemented.”

More Madrid asked this Wednesday that the regulatory modification strictly prohibit the installation of kitchens of these characteristics in residential areas. The municipal group estimates that there are 190, located in 26 locations. The PSOE warned a few months ago that at the end of the year there would be about 250 facilities of this type, while the municipal government considers that a “great alarm” has been generated with the matter although “only 10 licenses have been granted.” The first results of the inspections carried out by the City Council in these places show that in 15 of 22 small deficiencies were found.

In any case, and despite the changes in the regulation, at least one of the licenses for these “grouped kitchens” – as the regulations refer to them – will be settled in the courts. These are the six industrial kitchens located next to a public school in the district of Arganzuela. The families of CEIP Miguel de Unamuno have filed a contentious-administrative appeal against the City Council for maintaining the urban permit despite the fact that, they say, technical deficiencies have been found. Mothers and fathers resort to legal proceedings in the face of “inaction and the abandonment of the mayor and the Town Planning delegate.” To pay for the process they have opened a crowdfunding.


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