The Government of Navarra compiles 2952 simple notes of assets unregistered by the Church


Parliament of Navarra


The Provincial Government has announced that it will work to support the municipalities that want to recover the common goods that have been unregistered.

The Minister of Migration Policies and Justice of the Provincial Government, Eduardo Santos, delivered this Tuesday in the Parliament of Navarra 2952 simple notes of unmatriculated assets by Church in the Foral Community, since 1900, thus fulfilling a parliamentary mandate in which the Regional Executive was urged to collect said information.

Through the different property registries of the Autonomous Community, registrations and purchase and sale operations of previously unregistered goods have been collected from 1900 until this year 2021.

Santos stressed that the Government of Navarra “is going to work” to support the municipalities that want to recover common goods that have been unregistered.

The counselor has highlighted the registration activity in two decades: the decade of the 80s, and the one that goes from 2000 to 2010. However, he has detailed that the activity in the various years is not the same within each decade. Between 1990 and 2010, he has spoken of “a wave, which goes from 1999 to 2008, with four peak years: 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006”. In total, in those four years 865 properties were registered, “a greater activity attributable to the reform of the Mortgage Law approved in 1998.”

In relation to the typology of unregistered assets, has said that only what is typified as parochial temples, hermitages, old hermitages, churches, abbeys and basilicas adds up to a total of 981 assets, 33% of the total. The parochial temples, 676, suppose the greater number. However, it has continued that there are other assets such as farmland or agricultural holdings, where 234 orchards, 216 cereal fields, 195 fields, 181 rainfed fields or 16 irrigated fields would be classified.

In the simple notes compiled, there are 187 homes and 101 urban farms; although other typologies could be added to them such as the so-called local, a total of 36; commercial premises, which are 20; 9 garages; or 8 patios. There are also 7 buildings, 3 parochial frontons, 10 storage rooms, 7 basements or 3 parks.

Grouped by type of land, the sum is 1806 properties on urban land, 1073 rustic, 2 rustic and urban and 71 unclassified properties. “With all this, we are talking about 653 453 m2 of extension in urban properties and 3 429 227 m2 in rustic properties”, Santos highlighted, to also point out that, in “practically all” of the real estate of urban properties, only meters in surface (ground floor) and not real (floors in height, attics or basements would be excluded).

With all this, including unclassified square meters, the number of unregistered square meters exceeds 4,107,000; an equivalent to “575 soccer fields with the dimensions of El Sadar “, he pointed out.

The 2,952 properties whose records are recorded are distributed in a total of 267 municipalities. In absolute numbers, it is the Esteríbar Valley that has the most unregistered assets in its locality, with a total of 109 unregistered properties. After Pamplona, ​​with 87, are located Baztan, with 75 unregistered properties; Longida, with 64; Gallués, with 60; Eguesibar, with 56, and Guesalaz, with 54.

The counselor, however, has also made a grouping of data by merindades, to indicate that the distribution “is not uniform.” The bulk of the unregistered properties is located in Merindad de Sangüesa (1036) and Pamplona (904), which together with Estella account for 86% of the unregistered assets.

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