Amended seafront strip brings relief

SEAFRONT HOMES: Rules will be relaxed sometimes.

APARTMENT-OWNERS on Benidorm’s Poniente beach can breathe again. Their properties are not at risk and there will be no demolitions, said the Environment ministry in Madrid.

The obligatory area that must be left free between the high tide mark and dwellings can be reduced by to up to 15 metres in some instances, the ministry’s Costas department announced.

This strip will end at the town’s seafront “paseos” or, in the case of the Poniente Beach, the wooden boardwalk built three years ago.

The new ruling will apply to the section between Punta Escalera and the boundary with Finestrat.

Overall, the new boundaries are much less restrictive than at present, agreed Vicente Juan Ivorra, councillor for Urban Development and the Environment at Benidorm town hall. 

Many properties on the Poniente beach that would otherwise have been situated inside the protection zone will benefit from the ministry’s decision, Ivorra said.

The Environment ministry reckons to spend a year measuring the limits from the high-water mark.  All seafront and coastal construction will be halted during this time.

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