2 Oct, 2009 @ 17:13
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Swashbuckling finally finishes?

ZORRO star Antonio Banderas’ fight to legalise his Marbella garden has been dealt a blow.

The Andalucia High Court has overruled an order which had been blocking the demolition.

Marbella Town Hall had previously granted the suspension order to give time for the town’s PGOU plan to be introduced – meaning the garden would have been declared legal.

But now – after a five-year battle – the Spanish heart throb is in serious danger of seeing the 150-metre-square strip – complete with swimming pool – demolished.

The house, called La Gaviota, in Los Monteros, has a history of controversy.

It was built on the beach – on land designated for public use – and was declared illegal in 2003.

“I see myself like a snail, with his house ready to move.”

The encroaching land was reclassified for the construction of showers and a changing room, two years ago.

Speaking then, Banderas, famous for his role as the swashbuckling Zorro star, said: “I see myself like a snail, with his house ready to move.”

It originally received its license in 1993 when the town plans had been illegally redrawn by former mayor Jesus Gil.

The house, built by a journalist, was bought by Banderas in 1997.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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