Costa Blanca: Protection needed Calpe’s last plot of virgin land

CALPE COUNCIL: Deciding fate of La Manzanera plot. Photo credit: Calpe town hall

Calpe town hall hopes to safeguard the last plot of unbuilt virgin land on its coast.
The 10,000-square metre plot is located in the Manzanera urbanisation and in theory 1.2% of it could be built on.
Territory councillor Juan Manuel del Pino explained that as this was building land, it was vital to debate the three options open to the town hall. As the plot is zoned for construction the town hall could maintain its existing status and grant a building permit, Del Pino said.
It could also start compulsory purchase proceedings “with the economic disadvantages this would bring,” he continued. Or, the councillor announced, the town hall could transfer the plot’s construction potential to land elsewhere in the Manzanera.
This last option, which the town hall prefers, would entail reclassifying the urbanisation’s green areas and land earmarked for public use while increasing the permitted construction volume on still-unbuilt plots. All opposition parties on the local council voted against this last option preferring compulsory purchase or reforming Calpe’s General Plan(PGOU).
Meanwhile, Calpe’s mayor Ana Sala said doing nothing was not an option. She also said that the town hall was not prepared to pay for the land.
“The owners of other plots of land are also waiting for a solution, hoping that the town hall will pay them,” she claimed.

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