A developer is to build 15 luxury villas in the heart of Marbella after the town hall gave the project the green light on Monday.
The villas will be built on land which currently has several homes in a state of abandon, on the old ring road at Vigil de Quiñones park (a few metres from the 'Pirulí' tower), where Avenida Ricardo Soriano ends.
The project has a construction budget of 10.3 million euros and the 15 villas will be built simultaneously, requiring the services of 200 workers at the same time, according to the councillor for Town Planning, Kika Caracuel.
This licence, approved on Monday, is the first to be passed after the Malaga College of Architects agreed to give the town council's planning experts greater freedom to issue licences in order to speed up processes and revive the local economy. In this case, the entire process took five months, almost half of the usual timeframe.
These villas weren't the only project to be given the go-ahead on Monday. In fact licences worth 26.1 million euros were approved, including the project to refurbish the Guadalmina Hotel in San Pedro Alcántara, which will be upgraded from four to four star superior.
These works will involve an investment of 12.2 million euros and will enable the hotel to increase its surface area by 4,600 square metres and improve all its services and outdoor spaces, according to deputy mayor for San Pedro, Javier García. This initiative, in his opinion "is very important not only for the construction sector, but especially for the tourism sector".
A permit has also been granted for the construction of 17 industrial units in the San Pedro industrial estate, on a plot of 3,805 square metres and with a value of 2.8 million euros. Sixty industrial units in total are planned.