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15/09/2009 - Demolition hangs over 2,000 properties in popular resort of Chiclana


Commentators have written on several occasions about the dire town planning situation in Chiclana, where the authorities are struggling to come up with a solution for some 15,000 illegal properties, almost as bad as Marbella 20,000 illegally built homes. But whereas Marbella’s new town-plan means it may only have to knock down around 500 occupied homes, Chiclana is facing the nightmare situation of having to bulldoze more than 2,000 homes, reports the Spanish press.

The Town hall of Chiclana run by the socialist party PSOE have fumbled through months of negotiations over a town planning amnesty with at least one compromise plan being rejected by the courts for not following correct procedures.

The latest news is that the town hall plans to legalise 12,700 homes built without planning permission, leaving 2292 homes built on land zoned as “non urbanisable” and in the lurch effectively outside the scope of amnesty. Additionally, these 2292 homes left out of the amnesty,  were built on land zoned for special protection (not dissimilar to the Jardines situation in Lliber).

One planning official cited in spanish press reports that demolition is the only option for these properties .The department of environment is getting serious about these cases and it would be difficult to have them legalized especially if they are on zoned land as special protected.

Apparently owners of property due to be legalized wont get off scot free either with potential bills of 50,000euros to bring urban facilities up to standard.


I have had to make some small changes here from a copyright point of view but essentially the story highlights the peril everyone is in, in Lliber.