COSTA BLANCA NEWS – DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR PROTECTED COSTA BLANCA AREAS

BENIDORM town hall hopes to lift a decades-old suspension of development on protected land.
The building ban on Benidorm Island, Sierra Helada and Sierra Cortina is included in the General Development Plan (PGOU) of 1990 which protects 1.6 million of 2.4 million square metres of land originally classified as urban land or land which could, in some circumstances, be developed.
The town hall will attempt to reverse the suspension, basing its arguments on favourable court rulings in similar cases.
Municipal experts have drafted an adaptation of the PGOU as well as an Environmental Impact Declaration, both of which have been rejected as unsatisfactory in the past.
The local administration sets out in both documents how it intends to modify the PGOU in the zone to comply with the regional government’s requirements.
The issue has been subjected to excessive delays for reasons unrelated to the town hall, Urban Development councillor Lourdes Caselles said.
“By consulting the regional government and making a start on the documentation we trust that that we can unblock this situation,” she stated.

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Shirin Aguiar

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