Mayor of Arenas, Laureano Martín, has criticised the Junta de Andalucía's decision to delay the multi-million-euro retirement home and hotel project in the village. Although the project, launched by a Belgian investor, was given the green light by the Junta last summer, the regional government has since decided that the proposed site for the building is classed as land not designated for construction. Speaking last Friday, Martín said that the project would “contribute to improving the economic conditions of the village, which is suffering from a large population loss, due to its lack of employment opportunities”.
The mayor added that the project plans are “very respectful of its natural surroundings and there are already buildings in the area which are being legalised to conform with the Andalusian law”.
The project plans, which were released last summer, demonstrate how the building, which would comprise a residence for older people and a hotel area for visitors, respects the local landscape and provides space and light as well as an area for residents to be able to grow their own organic produce.
A verdict is expected some time this year as to whether the project will be allowed to go ahead.
According to a study into the project carried out by CADE (Centro Andaluz de Emprendemiento) Algarrobo technical expert, José Luis Fenech, the initiative “could change the negative socioeconomic trend in Arenas and the surrounding area”.