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Council to study ways to prevent depopulation of Vélez old town

View of Vélez-Málaga old town taken from the fortress.
View of Vélez-Málaga old town taken from the fortress. / E.C.
  • The town hall is planning a major overhaul of its special protection plan which it describes as "rigid" and "undynamic"

Vélez-Málaga town hall has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of its special protection and reform plan for the town's historic centre.

The plan, known in Spanish as the 'Plan Especial de Protección y Reforma Interior' (Pepri), has been described as "rigid" and "undynamic" and is thought to have prevented architects and planners from applying for licences to carry out reforms to buildings in protected areas of the town in the ten years since it was produced. This is said to have led to residents moving out of the centre of Vélez-Málaga and parts of the town becoming abandoned and run-down.

Now mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, has announced plans for a "profound review" of the document with a view to encouraging investment in both property and business as well as relaxing the laws related to reforms to old buildings.

The review compliments other projects such as the town centre pedestrianisation, reforming the old Lope de Vega theatre and the recently reopened San Francisco market, to attract more tourism and investment into the capital of the Axarquía.

Moreno Ferrer told television network, Cadena SER Axarquía, last week: "This has been recommended as a compliment to the Andalusian historic heritage law to make the development of the historic centre easier."