Coastal Exploitation?

Monday, October 2, 2017
By Hugh MacArthur

Carchuna greenhousesThe town halls along the Costa Tropical have decided to take advantage of the fact that the regional law to protect the coastline has been suspended.

The Regional Supreme Court threw out the 2013 law that sought to prevent urban development along a 500 metre corridor, from the shoreline inland, thus conserving the little unspoilt coastline left after decades of voracious concrete encroachment.

The reason for throwing out the law was that the Regional Government had approved the law when in was still not technically constituted following the recent elections: the PSOE were the most voted party thus winning a reelection but they did not have a workable majority to form a stable government – it was in this interval that they passed the law.

The Junta can either launch an appeal against the judicial decision or simply draw up a new law – in the meantime, the coastline is unprotected.

Against this background local town halls are trying to push through development projects that would mean an extra 1,600 dwellings between Albuñol and La Herradura, as well as beachfront hotels in Torrenueva and more plastic greenhouses along the Carchuna-Calahonda coastline.

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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