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Temporary licences to be granted to businesses caught up in planning red tape

José Eduardo Díaz announced the move.
José Eduardo Díaz announced the move. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • Marbella town hall must process around 2,000 applications in problematic areas

Hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in Marbella are set to be granted temporary opening licences in a bid to ease the blockage in applications caused by changes to the town's master planning document.

Since the 2010 document was annulled, and therefore reverted to the 1986 version, a number of buildings where business owners had premises were then no longer included in the plan or included under a different assignation.

Applications for these temporary licences will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will become permanent once the new final town plan is completed and published.

Councillor José Eduardo Díaz estimates that 40 per cent of current applications, some 800 licences, fall under this banner.