Costa del Sol's Property Specialists

Marbella Town Hall Approves Final Draft of New PGOU (Town Plan)

After much debate and talk, the Marbella town hall has approved the final draft of a new town-plan (PGOU), which now gets passed onto the regional government in Seville for final approval.

The existing plan that was approved in 1986 will be updated for the first time in 23 years, thus putting an end to the succession of corrupt mayors who have abused the PGOU plan, resulting in 18,000 illegal properties in Marbella.

The new plan legalises 16,500 properties in return for compensating the town hall with land and payments to restore public spaces that were lost to private developments. Under the latest draft developers are the only ones on the hook, after Ángeles Muñoz, Marbella’s Mayor, fought to ensure that innocent third party buyers will not be liable for any compensation payments.

The new PGOU has been spoken about in absolute depth with little go forward due to the Marbella mayor seeking planning amnesty to an additional 500 illegal, occupied, properties that the government in Seville want to be demolished. Despite the mayors best intentions, the final approved draft does not included these illegal properties, which will now be passed on to the courts, and all the unfortunate owners of properties in the Banana Beach and Rio Real developments will have to continue their wait for the final outcome. In theory these properties will have to be demolished, along with 1,000 other properties that were built but never sold, as the new plan does not provide for any other solution.

The regional government in Seville is expected to nod through the new plan, which will them come into force. Marbella’s first town plan since 1986 can only be good news for the local property market and will put an end to more than a decade of town planning chaos that has weighed heavily on the local property market.

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