By Helen Pierpoint
A GREEN light has been given for the Saudi Royal Family to build a total of 1,477 homes near Estepona.
The project, which includes a six-star hotel, is planned for the El Paraiso area.
Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, a frequent visitor to the Costa del Sol, got planning permission from Estepona Town Hall for the development.
The prince, who is successor to the Saudi throne, originally applied for planning permission in 2008.
The project will net Estepona Town Hall €2 million in planning fees which it says will go towards infrastructure projects.
The plan will now have to be approved by the Junta.
Prince Salman shares his Estepona residence with an entourage of 100 people affiliated with the royal family and is often seen cruising the Med on his yacht.
He is due to visit the resort this summer.