The start of construction of the new, luxury Four Seasons hotel in Marbella moved a step closer on Monday.
Ruling councillors in the resort have approved the revised zoned plan for the area where the development will be sited at El Pinar, to the east of the town between the Arch and Río Real. According to the Town Planning department, building licences could now be issued as early as next year.
The council has had to adjust plans for the 325,000-square-metre development based on feedback from national government's Highways and Coasts agencies, as the large project will impact on the area around the A-7 motorway and the beach, notably with an under-road connecting tunnel.
The full council will need to vote on the planning changes once Madrid has approved the revised plan, although building licences can start to be applied for in parallel.
The new zoning at El Pinar modifies the out-of-date 1986 PGOU master town plan and will be added to the new overall PGOU currently being compiled.
The land for development belongs to the owner of the Villa Padierna Palace hotel in Benahavís, Ricardo Arranz, who, along with investors, has secured the Four Seasons brand to manage the hotel, which will have a low-rise design on the land side of the A-7 and extensive green space, especially on the beachside. There will also be a luxury housing development.