Heritage: a symbolic step forward for the defenders of the Butte-Rouge

The garden city of Butte-Rouge, in Châtenay-Malabry (Hauts-de-Seine), in April 2019.

The administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise (Val-d’Oise) invalidated, in a decision of April 14 made public on Friday June 9, the modification of the local urban plan (PLU) which authorized the demolition of part of the garden city of Butte-Rouge, in Châtenay-Malabry (Hauts-de-Seine), built from the 1930s. symbolic progress in the preservation of the site.

The court details the basis for its decision: “By their nature and extent, the changes made to the PLU should have been subject to a more demanding review procedure than the chosen modification procedure. » He also notes a lack of justification in the PLU presentation report. “It is satisfying for the defenders of Butte-Rouge because it is quite rare for the PLUs to be attacked for this type of formal defect, which is also a substantive defect”comments Bernard Toulier, heritage curator.

According to Carl Segaud, mayor (LR) of Châtenay-Malabry, questioned on June 11 in The Parisian, “This decision on the form, and not on the substance, in no way calls into question the project, neither its objectives nor its timetable. She just points out that the tool was not the most appropriate. The cancellation of modification number 4 of the PLU means that we are returning to the previous version which was much less restrictive, whereas our objective was precisely to define rules specific to the Butte-Rouge district for the sake of protection..

“A flaw in the anti-patrimonial link”

For several years, a battle has pitted the town hall of the commune and the social landlord, Hauts-de-Bièvre Habitat, against a group of architects and local associations. The city councilor proposes a requalification plan for the site which includes the rehabilitation, reconstruction, but also the demolition of certain buildings in the pink city. It is at this thorny point that the associations are attacking, which seek to defend the heritage and ecological value of the architectural ensemble, and oppose any demolition operation in its place.

The cancellation of the modification of the PLU represents, for the associations questioned, “a flaw in the anti-patrimonial link deployed by the town hall”. It implies, according to Bernard Toulier, that “Any demolition operation brought against a building in Butte-Rouge can now be legally challenged”.

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