The long-awaited new San Pedro health centre got the go ahead from the town hall on Monday when the council approved the building licence.
Work is due to start early next year on the site. The Junta de Andalucía, that is responsible for the health service, put the design of the project worth 4.3 million euros out to tender in June this year and, under the previous mayor of Marbella, had said it would start work in February 2018.
The new building, to replace the existing centre on a nearby site, was first approved by the council in 2010 but plans were subsequently put on hold during the years of the financial crisis.
According to district mayor for San Pedro on Marbella council, Rafael Piña, the new council had committed to speeding up planning permission and “now we hope that the Junta starts the process of awarding the contract and beginning the building work on these much needed health facilities”.
Initially Marbella council had offered to help finance the work to help get it started, however a juridical report later overturned this idea
The site covers 3,000 square metres and provides primary healthcare services not just to San Pedro but also to Nueva Andalucía, Benahavís and the eastern side of the Estepona municipality.
Rafael Piña has also announced that he has met with the Junta over the delayed future new school for the El Ingenio area of west San Pedro.