MIGUEL DIAZ an Izquierda Unida councillor in Marbella has complained to the new city council that the town of Benahavis has ‘poached’ 40,000 square metres of land.
According to the councillor, the Benahavis council is taking land from Marbella and allowing developers to build more than 2,000 homes with a golf course, hotel and equestrian centre which will be unlicensed and illegal.
He proposes that this is a return to the old days when buildings were constructed improperly and insists that the Marbella council does something about it, threatening to initiate legal action himself if the council ignores his demands.
This representative of the left wing minority party in the Marbella council has gone back in time to the 1990s and suggested that family members of the reinstated mayor Ángeles Muñoz, were party to this type of construction which he has described as “uncontrolled urbanism.”
In support of his argument, he has also pointed out that the building of these properties above Nueva Andalucia will, when completed, unreasonably add an additional burden to the infrastructure of the area which already has difficulty in coping with large volumes of traffic and inhabitants.
For more than three centuries, Benahavis and Marbella were in dispute over the town’s status but it was eventually agreed that Benahavis should be ‘independent’ from Marbella and is now one of the wealthiest areas in Andalucia, thanks in no small part to areas such as the luxurious La Zagaleta development.