3 Sep, 2021 @ 16:25
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Controversial housing development allowed on ‘virgin’ stretch of the Costa Blanca in Spain

Controversial Housing Project Gets Go Ahead On 'empty' Stretch Of The Costa Blanca In Spain

ORIHUELA council has voted for controversial plans to build 2,274 homes at Cala Mosca.

The area has been described as the last ‘virgin’ beach area on the Orihuela Costa with no urban development.

The project, known as UE2 Alameda del Mar, first appeared in Orihuela’s General Plan over 30 years ago.

After a partial development was approved in 2007, opposition to the plans was led by environmentalists and residents.

Orihuela council’s ruling Partido Popular-Ciudadanos coalition backed a final amended plan at a plenary meeting yesterday(September 2).

The last major hurdle to the development was removed in 2019 when the Valencian government gave approval subject to Cala Mosca’s flora and fauna being preserved.

A ‘protected’ environmental area of 40,000 square metres will have to be maintained.

Cala Mosca has two endangered species- the cat head plant and the Tudorella sulcata snail.

Orihuela’s Urban councillor, Jose Aix, said: “Developers Gomendio have acquired rights to the land and blocking its development could see the council facing a còmpensation law suit running into milions of euros.”

Opposition parties, the PSOE and Cambiemos Orihuela voted to deny approval, declaring the project as an ‘urban aberration’.

Cambiemos councillor, Carlos Bernabe, said that several reports opposed the Cala Mosca plans including one from the Alicante Roads Unit warning of ‘traffic saturation’ on the adjoining N-332.

“Gomendio’s interests have been given priority by council leaders and in a few year’s time, the Orihuela Costa may see some of the problems being experienced by the Mar Menor, “ added Bernabe.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

1 Comment

  1. ORIHUELA council has voted for controversial plans to build 2,274 homes at Cala Mosca.

    The building work is gathering pace and moving forward very fast which obviously is a concern.

    You do mention the lack of infrastructure plans being adhered to – but its makes no sense to blatantly destroy our natural habitat.

    My main concern is that even if all the plans go ahead and the new homes have been built – there are no plans to connect the shops and restaurants on the other side of the N332 – there will be no way of crossing safety with the constant heavy fast moving traffic.

    Location : 03818

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