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Malaga architects declare war on the red tape holding back investment

Among the complaints were the fact that it had taken 18 months to obtain a works licence.
Among the complaints were the fact that it had taken 18 months to obtain a works licence. / Josele-Lanza
  • Professionals have launched an initiative to make the authorities aware of the difficulties experienced by potential investors

Earlier this year, developers and property professionals in Malaga expressed their concern over the length of time bureaucratic processes were taking, saying these were putting off investors. Now, the provincial architects' association has decided to take action, to make the authorities aware of the difficulties involved in even a simple procedure, such as obtaining town planning permission.

The association has set up a committee to defend the interests of the profession, and four working groups will be tackling the problems which have been faced by investors who want to carry out projects again, after the hardest years of the crisis. One of these groups is focusing on “delays and errors” which have already occurred, and it recently held a meeting with some of those affected, who were especially critical of the Town Planning department at Malaga city hall and the local branch of the regional government's ministry for Culture.

Among the complaints were the fact that it had taken 18 months to obtain a works licence, files had gone missing for months, nobody in the department knew who was dealing with an application or what stage it was at.

The association wants the procedures to be more transparent and the criteria to be unified, and says it is prepared to carry out some of the processes itself to speed things up.