Nerja Town Council has reactivated its plans to permit an 18-hole, golf course and housing on land situated near the Maro A-7 junction.
To do this the Town Council has to recategorise 250 hectares of land on which the old factory, belonging to Sociedad Azucarera Larios S.A. sits; i.e., the Vega de Tetuán.
It is this company that wants to build 680 luxury dwelling as part of their golf-course project. The plan also includes hotels.
The project has been published in the Official Provincial Gazette (BOP) but the Lock Down has frozen the 20-day limit within which to submit objections to the scheme.
The Junta would need to accept an adjustment to the standing PGOU (General Urban Development Plan) which governs what the Town Hall can and cannot do with land within the municipality. A new development sector would be brought into being on the Pago de Las Mercedes entitled, La Fábrica, destined as an area “touristic-recreational development.” and “Maro Golf.”
Amongst the land that once belonged to Larios but now belongs to the Town Hall are the plots for a fire station, a medical centre, as well as land along the banks of Río Chillar and for 16 different pieces of land for the future paseo on El Playazo.
In April 2015 the Mayor, Alberto Armijo, just weeks before the municipal elections, put forward this same plan but it did not prosper as he lost the Mayoralty. The incoming council (a tripartite arrangement) did little to further it other than make alterations. However, now that Sr. Armijo is back in the driving seat, he is determined to push it through.
As for how people feel about it, the ecologists are against it as it will obliterate the last undeveloped stretch of Axarquía coastline, they feel. They are backed by the political party Otra Nerja y Maro es Posible. On the other hand, a group that supports it came into being on social media entitled, Maro Golf, Proyecto Turístico de Gran Calado para Nuestro Municipio.
At present, the land is categorised as “non-building land”. Furthermore, the Junta wishes to preserve the old sugar-factory building, Azucarera San Joaquín, which goes back to the 19th Century. The project intends to turn it into a top-quality hotel.
Finally, the accord signed between Larios and the Town Hall will remain valid until its objectives are obtained. However, there is a clause that permits Larios to scrap it unilaterally, if the project does not receive definitive administrative approval before the 30th of August this year.
(News: Nerja/Maro, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo: E. Cabezas)