Madrid prohibits ghost kitchens in residential areas: premises less than 350 meters and indoors for riders


City council updates urban rules to account for new problems but won’t touch tourist flats due to a report from the community

Legazpi.  fireplace in an industrial kitchen
Legazpi. fireplace in an industrial kitchenAlberto Di Lolli

In a time of rapid social change, cities and their urban layout were not going to diminish. Cities’ problems have changed over the past 25 years and Madrid intends to adapt to them: from sustainability to ghost kitchens to bustling tourist flats. For this reason, yesterday the plenary session of the capital’s city council was approved with votes favoring PP, Vox and Ciudanos and against the Left, Revision of urban norms that has operated in the capital for several decades to adapt to the XXI century.

This was stated yesterday by the Urban Development Representative, Mariano Fuentes, during the extraordinary plenary session held in Sibels. A session, as detailed in his department, was to be held on extraordinary grounds to prevent the fall of the moratorium on approval of licenses for industrial kitchens in residential areas. Although it runs until August, the amendment has a two-month public hearing period that needs to be approved now so that it doesn’t fall into disuse and is legally void for two months.

Because this is the main fact that will face the new law, which has been approved by the Governing Board today and will be certain in early 2023, even if it begins to be executed with its approval. The proliferation of ghost kitchens in residential areas such as Arganzuela or Tetun has prompted the city council to act and Restrict that there can be premises for industrial use more than 350 square meters which can host these activities. This will be implemented in both fully residential areas or alternate zones -Zone 9- which will be treated as industrial land over the years and will now be converted into residential areas. Paseo Imperial, for example, is where residents complain most about the proliferation of these businesses.

In addition to expanding the premises, Madrid’s new urban planning rules prohibit these businesses from having more than eight stoves in a residential area—though at first they tried to reduce them to six—and forced promoters to submit a study. mobility to assess the impact on the region and to place a living area inside so that the collection of orders riding will not be done on the road.

The law will affect those who currently intend to open a new industrial kitchen outside industrial estates, in a residential part of the city. Not so for those who have already been granted a license because the rule cannot be retroactively executed.

within this change Left parties have described it as inadequate, ineffective and contrary to the needs of the citizens., other cases are also included, such as exclusion of common areas or terraces from the building category in new construction buildings. As noted in the urban development sector, this allows builders to bet on improving accessibility of said buildings—wider staircases, ramps for people with disabilities… the economic cost.

In the residential area, the city council will not count elements that produce sustainable energy such as solar panels and green façades or roofs for building purposes. The same is true of rooms where vehicles with permanent mobility, such as bicycles, or storage rooms that may be located on the ground floor of buildings. In addition to a large plant surface, the concourse will apply a green factor that will allow builders to optimize the free space of the plot.

What eventually won’t be amended in this update to the city rules will be the Tourist Flats. The final revision of the special plan, promoted during Manuela Carmena’s mandate, will remain unchanged as the Community of Madrid has issued a regional impact report that contradicts the changes to be included in the new text. And not complying with that report, as detailed in Siebels, would mean putting the rest of the regulations at legal risk. Therefore, These dwellings must maintain an independent entrance within the building in which they are located.

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