ANDALUCIA officials have been accused of opting for rampant coastal development over the preservation of Marbella’s sand dunes.
The Izquierda Unida (IU) has criticised both the Partido Popular (PP) and PSOE for agreeing to allow construction at Barronal de la Morera in Marbella.
Both parties backed the 2004 local development plan which designated the area for urban use, despite receiving almost 2,000 complaints from residents and environmentalists.
Furthermore, IU proposals to make the beach a natural monument were rejected in the PP-controlled Marbella town hall and PSOE-led Junta.
The sand dunes are environmentally important according to biologists at the University of Malaga and the Spanish ornithology society (SEO).
But 152 homes have been approved on two-thirds of the 75,000 square metres of beach.
Many endangered birds will come under threat including some on Andalucia’s red list of threatened species.