THE Junta is finally cracking down on housing schemes linked to golf courses.
Andalucia has rejected plans to build nine new courses insisting the projects do not meet environmental and town planning demands.
New regulations, brought in in February 2008, state that golf projects must be in the interests of tourism and cannot be used as a way to get round planning regulations.
However this latest batch of proposed schemes – six of which are inland with the other three on the coast – all have housing included.
According to Rafael Rodriguez, the Minister for Tourism, the decree ensures such schemes must have a ‘clear touristic purpose’.
They cannot be used ‘to build predominately residential projects and circumvent the planning regulations’.
Since the new measures were introduced only one project (El Seguesal in Barbate) has actually qualified as a ‘tourist attraction’.
Meanwhile a further two in Cadiz province – one in Jimena and the other in Castellar – are still pending approval.
The rejected courses include Finca Corvite in Almogia, Las Lomas in Casarabonela and Las Lomas del Duque in Lucena. Other courses turned down were Castillo de Tajarja, Hoya Altica in Almeria, Las Palmares in Granada, and La Joyita in Barbate.