The new 'Plan de Ordenación del Territorio de la Costa del Sol' will be more simple than the previous one and will mean that town planning matters can be dealt with more easily, according to the regional government's minister for the Environment and Land Regulation, José Fiscal.
The draft document, which is over 200 pages in length, is very advanced and will be completed during the first quarter of this year.
The Junta had to produce a new POT for the Costa del Sol because the previous one was annulled by the Supreme Court.
José Fiscal admitted at the conference that one of the problems with the previous plan was the excessive number of regulations, and said the new one will focus on making processes easier and boosting the economy.
“Planning has to be an ally of economic growth, and never slow it down,” he said.
However, he also stressed that such growth has to be sustainable and one of the objectives of the Plan also has to be preservation of land.
With regard to the new Plan, he said that certain processes will be made easier, the content will be clearer and there will be fewer regulations, in line with the new Law of Town Planning, which will be submitted to Parliament for approval later this year.
The previous POT for the Costa del Sol was annulled in November 2015, when it had been in force for ten years.
José Fiscal said that it already needed to be brought up to date and adapted to the new socio-economic and environmental context.
“It would have had to have been changed anyway, so the court decision wasn't a major problem,” he said.