The proposed plan for the Intu shopping and leisure centre, in Torremolinos. / SUR

Andalusian court suspends Torremolinos' urban development plan

The ruling, which affects the Intu group's project for a leisure and shopping centre, means that the town will have to start its PGOU again from scratch

Ivan Gelibter

Torremolinos’ current urban development plan (PGOU), in force since 2020, is now history. The Supreme Court of the Junta de Andalucía (TSJA) has cancelled the plan in its entirety, a move that comes after a previous partial suspension affected the land on which a major shopping and leisure park was going to be built.

The reason for this suspension is the absence of a strategic environmental evaluation, or, in other words, approval by the Junta de Andalucía.

About a year ago, the TSJA suspended the Torremolinos urban development plan as a precautionary measure, after the Sociedad Azucarera Larios real estate firm filed a case against the town hall and the British developers Intu, who planned to build the shopping and leisure park on land north of the town’s congress centre.

The claimants considered that the strategic environmental evaluation documents had not been properly processed and called for “environmental interests to prevail over planning ones”.

In February 2021, the TSJA rectified and partially lifted the suspension, leaving only the land to be developed by Intu in the previous plan.

Starting from scratch

Torremolinos town hall has said this week that it will now have to start a new plan from scratch, which will mean a delay of at least two years, with no new investment in local development projects in the meantime.

The total cancellation of the plan in the case of Torremolinos is based on a technicality that has also led to the rejections of the urban plans of Chiclana (Cadiz) and Benahavís.