Preparing the ground for the work in los Monteros. Josele-Lanza
The villa owned by actor Antonio Banderas in Los Monteros Sur, Marbella is about to lose part of its back garden as the town hall starts work on the new promenade extension towards Las Chapas.
The loss of the garden is part of the deal to ‘legalise’ the house, ‘La Gaviota’ (The Seagull), on the town’s new PGOU development plan. The beachside villa was built in 1995 with a licence awarded by the then mayor, Jesús Gil y Gil, that failed to comply with planning regulations.
It was decided that Banderas would have to give up 1,243 square metres of his land as compensation for the legalisation of the property. While initially the PGOU stated that the land would be taken almost entirely from the beachside of the property, the plan was later modified to include more land at the side of the property which borders on the Alicate stream, and a narrower strip of the front garden.
This, while being more convenient for the actor, will benefit the scheme build a bridge and public footpath over the stream.
The municipal Public Works Department hopes to complete the project to extend the Marbella promenade eastwards before the summer, with the construction of two wooden bridges over the Río_Real and Siete Revueltas streams. The first phase (on which work is already at an advanced stage could be ready for Easter.
Machinery moved into the area next to the Banderas garden several days ago. The work will include knocking down the existing garden wall and building another on the new boundary line.