Marbella approves interim use of 1986 town plan as new council starts to implement its policies

Ángeles Muñoz arrives to address local business chiefs this week.
Ángeles Muñoz arrives to address local business chiefs this week. / J-L
  • San Pedro has been given the increased level of autonomy it was promised and the mayor has spoken of her priorities at a high-profile lunch with the resort's business leaders

Marbella council took an essential step towards reducing much-criticised delays in planning applications on Friday as it approved a legalised version of the town's old 1986 master town plan (PGOU).

The vote in favour by the newly-installed PP party is an about-turn on when its councillors, then in opposition, voted down the adapted 1986 plan's approval in April this year.

This time round the PP approved it with the help of their OSP-San Pedro party partners. There will be no public exhibition of the plan, a step the PP objected to originally, and twelve mistakes in it spotted since April have been corrected.

Marbella needs this old plan legalised while it continues the long process to draw up a new master town plan. The last one, written in 2010, was overturned in court in 2015.

Meanwhile the district mayor for San Pedro Alcántara, Rafael Piña, has been giving more details of the extra spending powers given to his area, a precondition of his OSP-San Pedro party supporting the conservative PP party back into power.

From now on all areas of council activity except rubbish collection and Local Police will be controlled by the local town hall branch and not by the main Marbella town hall, including for the first time the right to contract staff and give out council grants. Other districts of Marbella are to get similar powers.

At a major presentation to the resort's business leaders, Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz spoke of her plans after ousting the PSOE-led coalition last month, promising to improve the authority's services.