According to Premier Marbella news sources, Spanish Coastal Protection Plan halts construction. The Diputación de Málaga, the equivalent of a provincial council, is to file a constitutional challenge against the coastal protection law passed last November by the Junta de Andalucía, which temporarily halted all planned construction projects within half a kilometer of the shoreline in 11 Málaga towns.

The ruling Partido Popular at the Diputación last week approved the motion to file an appeal to the Constitutional Court against Articles 2 and 3 of Decreto Ley 5/2012, on the basis that the law is an attack on the autonomy of local town halls and does not meet the ‘extraordinary and urgent necessity’ requirement for the Junta to pass laws by decree.

Among other things the law establishes a temporary freeze – lasting up to two years – on building projects within 500 metres of the shoreline in towns that have not brought their local development plans (PGOUs) into compliance with the 2006 POTA regional planning ordinance.

Leading Marbella property specialist Romano Keogh commented on news that Spanish Coastal Protection Plan halts construction, as being a precautionary measure to ensure that the natural appearance of the coastline is respected.

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