Primark still no nearer to opening in La Cañada as court says no

The planned unit at the end of the Marbella mall.
The planned unit at the end of the Marbella mall. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • Marbella town hall's refusal to grant a building licence has been upheld after an appeal by the shopping centre's owners

The fitting out of a large new shop unit for Primark inside Marbella's La Cañada shopping centre is still on hold. A regional court has found in favour of Marbella town hall in the ongoing dispute between councillors and the centre's owners.

Marbella council has been witholding a building licence for modifications to La Cañada to accommoate the giant Irish-based clothing retailer since December 2014. The shopping centre wants to add a 2,000-square-metre mezzanie floor into the large unit that Primark is going to rent, extra space that is needed in order to fit the chain inside the centre.

In a complicated explanation centred around Marbella's ongoing lack of clarity about its PGOU master town plan, the regional administrative court said that the local council had been right to turn down the planning application and that the shopping centre, under the currently valid town plan, cannot have its surface area extended. In answer to the complaint that Marks & Spencer had been allowed to do something similar in the same centre, the court said that it couldn't enter into arguments whether that original decision had been legal or not.