Junta maintains case against 15-storey buildings in Almeria

THE Junta de Andalucia does not plan to drop its case against plans for the Rambla de Belen area of Almeria city, where apartment blocks are planned.

The Arcos construction group planned several buildings of up to 15 floors looking onto the Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca.

In 2006, the Junta de Andalucia Council for Public Works and Territorial Planning rejected the plans due to the height of the buildings and took the case to court.

The plans were approved by the city hall, and a modification to territorial planning laws has once again allowed it to go ahead.

The city hall and the Junta de Andalucia came to an agreement regarding the maximum permitted height, but the Provincial Delegation for Public Works still hasn’t received the report which it needs to determine whether the project can be approved.

Therefore, until this final approval is given, the case, which is with the Andalucian Supreme Court of Justice, will not be dropped.

Meanwhile, the opposition maintains its position against the plans for the buildings, especially the left-wing Izquierda Unida party, who says it is “an atrocity” for the City Hall to allow 15-storey buildings to be built in the area where La Molineta Park is planned.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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