5 Dec, 2010 @ 09:00
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A new meaning for the word ‘special branch’

FARMERS have been ordered to stop planting trees… because they might interfere with Malaga’s new runway.

In the most bizarre ruling, farmers in 16 towns, have been told they must make a special application to plant orchards.

The plans must now be submitted to Spain’s Air Security Agency (Aesa) which is expected to take at least six months longer.

It comes after the expansion of Malaga’s airspace, with a new runway due to open in January.

From the beginning of the year the flyover zone will cover large sections of Torremolinos, Alhaurin de la Torre, Cartama, Almogia, Pizarra, Alora, Casarabonela, Carratraca, Ardales, Antequera and Campillos.

And a licence is required in these areas for anything above ground level or built on top of existing structures.

This includes trees, fences and antennas on the roof of a house that ‘may affect the safety of aircraft taking off or landing’.

The only construction that does not require a licence is work underground or the demolition of an existing building.

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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  1. OMG: I cannot believe it. This has got to be a wind up. The Sierra de las Nieves are high mountains that the planes have to fly over less than 30km from the airport. I don’t know of a tree that will grow to this hight or of a building built as high. Which prat thought this one up?

  2. I guess that puts my full size “twin towers” memorial that i was going to build in my finca on hold for a while.

    Well it makes sense and i am pleased that the Risk assessment for the new runway is being taken seriously for once otherwise what next someone would build an IKEA and large shopping centre right under the flight take off path or have you landing across a busy motorway.

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