A total of 35 people are under investigation in connection with alleged planning offences involving construction on rural land in Villanueva de la Concepción. The operation, codenamed ‘Oca’, was launched by the Guardia Civil’s nature protection service, Seprona, in 2015 following a report filed by former mayor, Ernesto Silva, accusing the current mayor, Gonzalo Sánchez, of a lack of due care.
The investigation, however, has led to both former and present mayors being accused of breach of duty for turning a blind eye to planning irregularities. Planning offences were supposedly left without penalty and buildings were allowed to remain standing, even though the mayors were aware of the illegalities. The majority of those under investigation are builders and developers.