A ‘DISGRACEFUL’ ruling has forced the Priors to wait even longer for compensation for the demolition of their dream home four years ago.
The Almeria couple have had their claim rejected as ‘premature’ on the basis that the legality of the original building licence remains in judicial dispute.
The Almeria court of appeal insisted that Vera Town Hall did not have to pay Helen and Len Prior 740,000 euros in damages as a result of losing their home in 2008.
The new blow has forced the couple to continue living in the garage of their former three-bedroom home.
“They are gutted by this latest setback,” said a spokesman for AUAN, an association of homeowners which is supporting the Priors.
“There is no sense of justice.
“This case is a disgraceful example of how the little people are being crushed by the inadequate, poorly implemented planning laws of Andalucia.
“It sends a very bad message to anyone considering investing here.”
The Priors built the 420,000 euro property in 2003 having apparently secured all the necessary permits and permissions via the town hall.
They will now have to take their case to Andalucia’s TSJA Supreme Court, which could take two more years.