THE regional government has vetoed plans to build a 1,500-home development on EU-protected land.
The town hall of Alhaurin el Grande wanted to build the Barranco Blanco estate five kilometres from the Malaga town.
However, the Junta de Andalucia put a stop to the plans on learning one and a half million square metres of green belt land would be destroyed.
The local water authority had also warned the homes would not have a guaranteed water supply had the development gone ahead.
The proposed housing estate would have expanded the town’s population by 28 per cent – breaking the new POTA laws.