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Belgian city destroys a church without athorisation

The Belgian city of Charleroi destroyed a so-called “unstable” church in 2020 without authorisation after an initial demolition permit was refused, will not be prosecuted.


This is the Sainte-Marie de Lodelinsart church, whose demolition without a permit had been stopped dead by the infringement procedure initiated in July 2020, leaving the building gutted. The demolition should resume, and in the end, the church replaced by a square and a garden of memory.

“The public prosecutor’s office closed without action the file concerning the demolition without a permit of a church in Lodelinsart (Charleroi) opened against the City of Charleroi, indicated Monday evening during the municipal council of Charleroi the alderman Carolo of Xavier Desgain Buildings,” the Belga agency reports.

The church in question had stability problems which had prompted the City of Charleroi to submit an application for a demolition permit in early 2020. But this had been refused and the City had appealed against the decision. A few weeks later, however, it had decided, via a new decree, to proceed with the destruction of the building, citing the urgency of carrying out this work.


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