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Marbella council doesn't plan on knocking down illegal buildings, say town planning bosses

  • Kika Carcuel, councillor for Planning, said that while it was impossible to offer a uniform fix for all the illegal building during the GIL era, the council was not aiming to demolish any of it

The two people at the top of the Town Planning department at Marbella town hall have said that they have no plans to force the demolition of non-legalised buildings in the municipality.

Speaking at a meeting of the CIT business-leaders group in Marbella, Kika Carcuel, councillor for Planning, said that while it was impossible to offer a uniform fix for all the illegal building that went on while the GIL party was in power, the council was not aiming to demolish any of it.

Marbella is still following a master town plan from the 1980s after a 2010 master town plan was cancelled by a court in 2015. Consequently there is a lot of long-term planning uncertainty

José María Morente, director of the department, explained that the tendering process for drawing up a new plan should begin by the end of November and the contract awarded by March.

Attendees at the meeting criticised the current 18-month average time to approve a planning application.