The president of DCN pointed out that the historic consensus reached last summer must be fulfilled.
“I agree with you: the City Council must approve Madrid Nuevo Norte (MNN), as we promised last July”. Antonio Béjar, president of the Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), told the representatives of the neighbourhood associations who had requested a meeting to learn about the progress made in the project’s approval procedures.
Some twenty neighbourhood associations and groups from the north of Madrid signed a Manifesto requesting a meeting with the Minister of Public Works, the mayor of Madrid and DCN, seeking clarifications about the delay to the initial approval of MNN. In the manifesto, the representatives of the neighbours recall that the stakeholders announced, last July, a consensus on the guidelines for Madrid Nuevo Norte, pledging that the initial approval would be given in January.
Béjar explained to the neighbours that DCN has worked consistently since last summer to fulfil all the requests of the City Council, with the aim of contributing towards the best project for Madrid. However, the president of the company insisted that Madrid Nuevo Norte is a public initiative project; therefore, it is up to the City Council to expedite its approval. “We have done our part, now it is up to the City Council to give its approval,” he explained.
Béjar also recalled that a historical consensus was reached last summer that will yield a solution to the problem in the north of Madrid, which has been calling for this project for over twenty years. He also highlighted the major concessions made by DCN to reach this consensus, the outcome of more than six months of negotiations.
The neighbours expressed their satisfaction with the explanations given by Béjar, although they insisted that they were not willing to accept more delays. They said that they had also requested a meeting with the Ministry of Public Works and the City Council to pass on their requests. The neighbourhood representatives mentioned that they are organising a number of actions to make clear to the City Council that Madrid wants this project and it wants it now.
Quality of life
During the meeting, Béjar and the neighbours reviewed the main features of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. Madrid Nuevo Norte will propel Madrid into 21st-century urban development, characterised by environmental, social and economic sustainability and non-polluting mobility.
DCN’s president reminded the neighbours that this project intends to provide a solution to the problems in the north of Madrid, starting with the neighbourhoods isolated by the rail tracks and the lack of facilities and infrastructure. The other focus, no less important, will be the construction of housing to tackle the existing shortage in this area of the city, which is causing a price hike that concerns the residents.
The neighbours also asked about the business district that will be built next to Chamartín train station, which will help attract large international companies to Madrid generating quality jobs. Béjar insisted that this business district would also include dwellings, restaurants and leisure facilities. This mixed-use ensures that the area will be constantly active 24/7. The residents insisted that each new delay in the approval translates, in turn, into delays in jobs created through Madrid Nuevo Norte that the city is waiting like a breath of fresh air.