By Eloise Horsfield

DEMOLITION of the Algarrobico hotel has been put on hold until the courts are certain that the licence to build it was invalid.

The 411-bedroom hotel was constructed illegally on the beach inside the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and campaigns – including a sit-in by Greenpeace – have fought hard against it.

Last month the Junta and Madrid’s Supreme Court criticized Carbonaras town hall for allowing it to be built, and a ruling on October 4 prevented any further work being carried out.

“It is clearer than water,” said Junta environment boss Juan Jose Diaz Trillo, confirming he was ready to sign a benchmark agreement to knock down the hotel.

Meanwhile, developer Azata maintained it was unaware of any legal issues and that the hotel was legitimate.

But now a judge has said that demolition should only take place when it has been ruled that there was no licence to construct – which has not yet been confirmed.

The ruling said that destroying the building would “cause irreparable and irreversible damage” to Azata unless the original licence was declared null and void.

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