Nerja Town Hall has decided to reactivate its plans for developing one of the last undeveloped beaches within the municipality perhaps within the province itself: El Playazo.
The agricultural land, known as the Vega de Nerja, which is destined to disappear under concrete and bricks, occupies an area of over one-million square metres. It stretches just over a kilometre between the mouth of Río Chillar and Río Seco.
The Plan de Ordenación del Territorio de la Costa del Sol Oriental-Axarquía (2006) belonging to the Junta de Andalucía categorised the land as a Zona de Dinamización Turística, where several hotels and 1,200 dwellings will be built.
However, the municipal PGOU (urban development plan) which came into effect in the year 2000, categorises this land as especial protección agrícola, in other words, green belt.
The Town hall has spent over a decade trying to lift this green-belt protection and run a paseo marítimo along it with the hotel development etc behind it. In the meantime the Town Hall is struggling to come to some arrangement with land owners, who number around 100.
The Councillor for Urban Development, Nieves Atencia (PP), said that they were eager to get the development plan up and running again because the previous administration (a socialist-led coalition) had blocked it for the four years that it had held the mayoralty.
The Councillor has another battle on her hand over in Maro where locals are firmly against a planned golf course and luxury hotels on former agricultural land.
(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)