PLANS to build scores of homes, hotels and golf courses near the coast throughout the Malaga province have been put on hold because of a new law.
Development projects waiting to get under way will now be halted by a new decree passed by the Junta of Andalucía.
The decree prohibits the construction of buildings within 500 metres of the shoreline and aims to ‘scale down’ planning outlines written up in the 1980s and 90s.
In the province of Malaga the decree affects 11 towns and cities where plans were in place to build.
Estepona is one of the most affected areas where the construction of 16,751 properties is no longer guaranteed.
This includes a scheme linked to the Saudi Arabian royal family which involved building a luxury residential development with 1,477 homes, a hotel and a golf course on 60 hectares of land.
The development would have given the town hall around €8 million in revenue.
It is also thought the decree may have an impact on the new CHARE hospital development in Cerros de Aguila which will serve patients in Mijas and Fuengirola.
There are also thousands of properties still waiting to go ahead in Punta Lara, La Noria and Fuente del Baden, in Nerja, which may be jeopardised by the new ruling.
Plans to develop PlayazoBeach in Axarquia, with several hotels and tourist apartments may also now be dropped.