There has been a change in the procedure for new British passport applications for those resident in Spain. Currently, the applications are processed via Madrid, but from next Monday, 13 May, they will have to be sent to the Identity & Passport Service (IPS) in Belfast. There is a new downloadable form for applications HERE on the gov.uk website. The timescale for processing new passports will, apparently, be unchanged, i.e. 4 weeks for renewals, and 6 weeks for new applications or replacements. The helpline charges are also changing, for the better, with charges being reduced: previously, calls were charged at premium rates, but now they will cost only normal international call rates. The number is 0044 300 222 0000.