Victory for common sense as a trio of controversial projects are shelved … while one – the famous Tajo of Ronda – is under threat from an urbanisation of 120 homes and a luxury hotel
AT last, it seems, common sense is winning over.
The Andalucian authorities appear to have finally come to understood that not protecting the region’s last green spaces and cultural heritage is tantamount to treason.
In a fantastic week for the environment, the Junta has overruled a scheme of 1500 houses that would concrete over one of the last green spaces between Alhaurin, Mijas and Coin.
As reported in the Olive Press last year, the area known as Barranco Blanco, is a rare undeveloped zone of woodland and rivers.
But, even better a Judge has also annulled the licence for the controversial El Algorrobico hotel, in Almeria, dubbed the El Horrible by the Olive Press after being built on a virgin beach inside a national park.
And, in a triple whammy, a controversial plan to build a shopping centre over prehistoric dolmens in Sevilla, has also been buried.
But sadly, not everything is well. The celebrated Tajo gorge that surrounds historic Ronda old town is in danger of a huge development that would “ruin” the timeless view towards Grazalema.
In a bizarre and shocking ruling a judge is to allow a developer to build homes where an old cortijo has stood in ruins for decades.