Reproduced from this week’s SUR in English newspaper
Junta opens planning office in Marbella
Past re-zoning deals declared invalid as council did not seek approval of “Consejo”
The Junta de Andalucía has moved the drawing up of Marbella’s new town development plan (PGOU) back to Marbella with last Friday’s opening of an office in the town. Located in the Planning building, from where Juan Antonio Roca once ran his “business”, the office will be managed by José María Ruiz Povedano, the former provincial head of Public Works. The office will offer “participation, information and planning development in the general interest of the town”, according to Concepción Gutiérrez, the regional head of Public Works. Povedano added that the priority of the new PGOU would be to recuperate the green zones and public amenities that the town has been deprived of for the last 15 years.
The latest revelation resulting from the caretaking committee’s work at Marbella Town Hall is that all of the planning modifications made by the local authority involving green zones are in fact invalid. All planning changes of this kind must have the approval of the Andalusian “Consejo Consultivo”, a body whose decisions are legally binding. To avoid facing the disapproval of this body, the council, under Jesús Gil, Julián Muñoz and Marisol Yagüe alike, simply did not ask their opinion. In fact only one change has been submitted to the “Consejo Consultivo” in the last 15 years. This in effect means that all modifications made are null and void. It has been agreed that the Consejo Consultivo will start to look through all the modifications made from October, although much of the paperwork is in fact in the hands of the courts.