Side Stepped Pay Out

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Martin Myall

ALM Punta de la Mona OnLPhew! The Almuñécar Town Hall has just dodged having to cough up 734,015 euros to a building developer, plus interest accrued since 2003. We’re talking  around 1m euros in all.

The developer had sued the Town Hall for that amount because it had claimed they had not been able to build an urbanización and had run up lots of debts because of it.

This good news – for the town’s taxpayers that is – is thanks to this court finding in May this year concerning the 14-dwelling development on Punta de la Mona, Almuñécar taxpayers won’t have to sell their children for spare body parts to foot the bill.

You see, a court finding in 2011 had annulled a project study used to gain approval in a Plenary Meeting in 2002 resulting in the building licence being issued the following year.

Anyway, cutting a long story short, the Town Hall lawyer, Rafael Revelles, argued that the building licence is still valid, therefore the company cannot claim compensation, basing its case on not being able to build the housing – the T.H. lawyers claimed that there was nothing to stop them, so if they didn’t build them, it’s their fault. The company did not even present the Project For Work Execution, without which building work cannot commence.

Whatever the case, Building Developer 0 – Town Hall 1. However, there is some ‘extra time to play’ before this match is over, because the company is lodging another appeal.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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