15 Jan, 2007 @ 04:31
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Almuñecar “footballers’ hotel” under investigation

Hotel promoted by Spain international footballers, including former Liverpool FC star Fernando Morientes, could exceed height limitations.

THE Supreme Court of Andalucía has opened an investigation into alleged irregularities in the construction of the Hotel Bahía in Almuñecar.

Judges received the green light from the public prosecutor’s office in Madrid to look into allegations made by the regional government that the four-star hotel exceeds height restrictions by 2,500 square metres.

Concerns have also been raised over modifications made to the Costa Tropical town’s PGOU urban planning document in 1998. The Junta de Andalucía claims land designated for public use was changed to allow for the hotel’s construction on Avenida de Juan Carlos I.

If the allegations prove to be true the hotel, which opened for business in September 2006, may have its works licence annulled – leaving it to face possible closure.

A spokesman for the Junta de Andalucía said: “The residents of Almuñecar lost out with the change in land status. The hotel is also higher than its works licence allows for. These constitute serious building infractions.”

The ten-million-euro hotel is known locally as the Footballers’ Hotel after Spain international footballers – including current Valencia CF player Fernando Morientes and former Barcelona star Luis Enrique – appeared in a promotional event for the hotel in Madrid in 2004.

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