IT has taken 14 years of lobbying and protests.

Now, finally, a German entrepreneur has been allowed to restore one of Ronda’s key buildings.

Jochen Knie has begun the much-needed 2.5m euro facelift of the crumbling Casa del Rey Moro – one of the town’s most spectacular buildings.

The German had been planning to turn the 18th-century palace into a five-star hotel, but it may now serve as an events and conference space.

The work will take place in two phases, the first to protect the exterior, with a second internal phase, set to begin after Christmas.

As reported in the Olive Press, Knie has been forced to undertake a long and costly battle with the town hall to allow the project.

Last year, he was so desperate he undertook a rooftop protest with banners until he was arrested.

The building – along with its garden and 14th-century mine – which leads right to the bottom of the Tajo gorge and was Ronda’s only water source during Moorish times – is one of the most popular tourist sites in the area.

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