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14/08/2012 - Council’s proposal to regularise 17 rural districts lies in tatters

Albox council’s bid to legalise hundreds of properties in the municipality was dealt a serious blow last week when it emerged the Junta had rejected a draft plan to regularise scores of settlements built on non-urban land.

According to reports, the regional government gave the thumbs down to all but three of the 17 settlements included in the council’s proposal - a plan drafted to comply with the regional government’s much-vaunted decree to regularise the vast majority of illegal properties in Andalucía.

The neighbourhoods were listed as Llano del Espino, Los Segovias, Los Molinas, El Llano de las Ánimas, El Cañico, La Torreta, La Molata, La Fuente del Marqués, La Venta, La Hortichuela, La Fuente del Carmen, the Tennis club and San Roque. The three that got the nod from the Junta de Andalucía were named as Santa Bárbara, Los Quiles and El Romeral.

Reports said the Junta threw out the council’s plan because it failed to comply with the decree’s criteria, which state that there should be a minimum of five houses per hectare before a settlement can be considered an urban nucleus – the equivalent of about 60 homes in each area.

The Junta’s report also concluded that the neighbourhoods were not urban settlements, as they “did not generate human activity” and “did not require infrastructure”.

Source :Costa Almería News