The final draft for the new Marbella town plan was finally approved last week by the Marbella town council. The plans will finally put an end to over ten years of town planning nightmares that has played havoc with the Marbella property market. Seville’s regional government now have the plans for final approval.
The new town plan is to replace the current plan, which was approved way back in 1986, but abused systematically over a period of 15 years by a series of corrupt, unscrupulous mayors and which resulted in over 18,000 illegal properties in Marbella.
16,500 properties are set to be legalised by the new town plan, in return for the compensation of the town hall with payments and land, so that public spaces lost to private developments can be restored once again. The latest plan ensures that developers will be the only ones in the firing line, after Marbella’s current Mayor, Ángeles Muñoz fought hard to make sure innocent third party buyers will no longer be liable to pay out any compensation fees.
Although last week heard much brinkmanship and hardball talk from the mayor, her plans to save the most of the illegal properties from demolition have proved unsuccessful.
There was talk of extending the planning amnesty for some 500 occupied but illegal properties, but unfortunately, the final plan that was sent for approval to Marbella’s town council did not include any get out clauses for the unfortunate owners of properties in both the Rio Real and Banana Beach developments. In theory and according to the new plan, all of these developments plus many more properties that were built and never sold will be knocked down, because Marbella’s mayor did not include any alternative solution in the new plan.
Regardless of this, the plan will undoubtedly be a fresh start and good news for the Marbella property market.