the collective “Sauvons les berges du Suzon” obtains the cancellation of the sale of land to the real estate developer

the collective “Sauvons les berges du Suzon” obtains the cancellation of the sale of land to the real estate developer
the collective “Sauvons les berges du Suzon” obtains the cancellation of the sale of land to the real estate developer

A setback for the town hall, a victory for the activists. The sale of land at Berges de Suzon, a three-hectare natural area in the north of Dijon, was canceled by the administrative court on Tuesday, May 28. A real estate project of 85 housing units was to see the light of day there.

No housing on the banks of the Suzon… for the moment. Tuesday May 28, the administrative court of Dijon canceled the deliberation of the Municipal Council aimed at selling this municipal land to a real estate developer.

The reason ? The court considers that “these elements of public heritage“are assigned”at a price lower than [leur] value for the benefit of private interests“. The town hall was planning to sell plots of land in this natural area north of Dijon to a real estate developer. 85 new housing units should have been built there, as part of a project called Venice-2.

A defeat for the City, which has not yet responded to our questions. It granted this transfer in June 2022, then the building permit in January 2023.

On the side of the collective “Sauvons les berges du Suzon”, at the origin of several legal actions, we relish on the other hand “a great victory”. “This decision gives institutional and legal legitimacy to the fight carried out for almost 2 years by associations and local residents.”they write in a press release.

Since 2022, this group of associations has been fighting to preserve this three-hectare natural space, “the last one in the north of the city”. Among their feats of arms: a citizen decree naming the area “Suzon urban biodiversity reserve” and prohibiting any construction, artificialization and felling of trees.

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“Here, there are nearly sixty species of butterflies, including several threatened in Burgundy, and nearly 70 species of birds”detailed Mathilde Mouchet, an activist from the collective, in April in this report.

“It is a place with multiple uses: relaxation for families, walks for hikers and study of biodiversity for researchers”

Mathilde Mouchet, activist of the collective “Save the banks of Suzon”

According to the collective, the real estate project therefore constituted an obvious threat to biodiversity. An argument confirmed by the court in its judgment: “the insufficiency of the building permit file does not make it possible to determine with certainty the number of trees to be removed and replanted“.

Now relieved, the collective invites local residents and citizens to celebrate this decision, and carry together “a real nature preservation project in the city, benefiting everyone.”

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