A DESPERATE battle is being waged in the high court to stop a developer from building a macroproject next to the Trafalgar lighthouse.
Environmentalists insist that the plans to build the huge hotel complex next to one of Spain’s last virgin beaches on the Costa de la Luz have been passed illegally.
They claim that the recently re-named ‘El Palmar Beach Eco-resort’ – which counts 400 bedrooms – did not go through the correct planning procedure at Vejer town hall.
Now green group Ecologistas en Accion has filed proof that the development should be stopped.
Lawyer Jose Miguel Gomez has filed papers claiming that the Malcucaña-El Palmar Plan Parcial “has not been processed according to law.”
The group insists there are ‘numerous irregularities’ in the area’s PGOU development plan. The group also claims that the project is not in the public interest but is only ‘satisfying private and political interests’.
Meanwhile a local pressure group set up to oppose the scheme (La Plataforma Salvar el Palmar) has already got more than 100,000 signatures opposing it.
Earlier this year it was announced the promoter of the scheme Riera Marsá were hoping to use tourist fair FITUR in Madrid last month to find a chain to run the business.
But group spokesman Antonio Morales, told the Olive Press: “What hotel group will want to take over a resort that has been rejected by more than 100,000 admirers of this lovely area? It is madness.”