Marbella property and the new PGOU

At long last there may be light at the end of the tunnel for Marbella. The long anticipated Marbella PGOU (urban plan) might finally be approved in October. The latest version for Marbella plan, unlike previously announced by the Marbella town hall, was been approved without including illegal properties. It appears that the mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, decided on this course of action after the Junta de Andalucia confirmed that they would no accept any of the proposed modifications to include all existing illegal properties in Marbella within the new plan.
I think that after the latest confrontation between Marbella and the Junta de Andalucia, the Marbella town hall has decide to pick its battles and prevent another deadlock that would hold all development in Marbella.

The confrontation between Marbella and the Junta revolved around certain lived in properties currently deemed illegal. At this moment in time it appears there are 500 homes that could not be legalised through the new PGOU’s compensation scheme.

Properties not included
The properties at the centre of the debate are around 500 homes that could not be legalised through the new PGOU’s compensation scheme, which includes apartments in the Banana Beach complex, properties in Río Real and La Víbora and several homes next to the Río Verde.

For those not familiar with the compensation scheme, in return for the legalisation of the 16,500 (out of a total of approximately 18,000 properties) properties already built, the developers have been ordered to donate land for parks, schools, etc… (Basically for the public good).

The town hall will continue to work with the Andalusian Government to find a legal way of keeping the 500 homes on the plan; although once the PGOU has been finally approved the matter will be in the hands of the courts. And with the courts involved there will not be a general amnesty, but a look into the advantages and disadvantages of whether the individual properties should be demolished. But if you are an owner of one of these properties do not despair, you as the owner of the property have the right to take legal action to defend your interests. This should include having had the property built and occupied on the basis of licences granted by the Marbella town hall in the past.
It also appears that of the although properties in Jardines de la Costa in San Pedro appear as legal on the new PGOU, they seem to have been designated as part of the compensation land to be given by the developer. For this to happen the developer will have to buy back the properties.

Now we just need the Junta to give the final go ahead and life for many in Marbella should finally start to return to normal after waiting since 1986. Once the final approval is in place the stagnant Marbella property market should start to finally pick up.

Regards
Andrew Belles

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