THE Supreme Court of Andalucía has opened a criminal investigation into alleged irregularities in the construction of homes at the Santa Clara golf resort.

Officials from the region’s highest court are looking into claims of fraud at the complex in Otura after environmental group Ecologistas en Accion presented a report to the public prosecutor’s office against developers Santa Clara SA.

According to newspaper Granada Hoy, the green group believes construction on the 3,000 homes, many of which have already been sold, at the complex started without a municipal works licence.

The court is also looking into claims water authority Confederación Hidrográfica del Guadalquivir was not notified by the developers that natural streams at the complex had to be diverted to accommodate the homes.

Officials from the court have asked the Guardia Civil, the water authority and the Junta de Andalucía regional government for all the necessary paperwork for the golf development to help in their investigation.

The municipal secretary of Otura town council has also been asked to supply documentation in relation to the project.

A spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office confirmed the developers and local Otura town council could face criminal charges if the environmental group’s claims prove to be true.

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