Trying to find a way round the objections

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CALLOSA: Protected land could be developed.

CALLOSA Town Hall is determined to find a way of going ahead with the Anibits-Margequivir project. The development envisages 1,000 homes, an 80 room hotel, and two golf courses on Sierra Bernia.  

The project has twice been overturned by the Regional Government after separate objections from an environmental group and a private individual.  Opponents point out that the project will destroy a protected area with protected wildlife and vegetation, while requiring huge amounts of domestic water.

Undeterred, the town hall is  calling on Callosa’s population to back the project.  At a recent public meeting, expressly arranged for maximum transparency and community participation, councillors detailed their plans.  

Anibits-Margequivir would respect the environment and merge with Callosa’s landscape and heritage, they pledged.  

The development will bring direct and indirect employment, while paving the way for a tourist market that would prove ‘most beneficial’ to Callosa.  The population, which has fallen by 356 since 1991, would also increase, councillors said.

Most of the public who attended the meeting were in favour of the project, the town hall claimed later.  The council is now collecting signatures for a document asking for approval from local and regional administrations likely to be affected by the development.  

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