Tem­po­rary stand­still

Quar­rel over build­ing li­cences blocks Al­bir devel­op­ment

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Irena Bodnarec MAITE Huerta, op­po­si­tion coun­cil­lor at Al­faz town hall, has lodged an of­fi­cial com­plaint against the town hall re­gard­ing a build­ing plot on Calle Her­cules 20 in Al­bir, claim­ing that the build­ing li­cence ex­pired last De­cem­ber, halt­ing works.

CBN con­tacted the coun­cil­lor for plan­ning, Toni Such, to com­ment on the mat­ter and he was more than will­ing to clar­ify the facts.

The orig­i­nal plan­ning con­sent was ap­plied and is­sued in 2007, un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, for the con­struc­tion of 158 apart­ments.

In 2009, a num­ber of amend­ments to plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions were passed, in­clud­ing the style of new con­struc­tions, but as the li­cence had al­ready been granted it could not be al­tered.

The town hall had lit­tle power over the aes­thet­ics of build­ing so long as it ad­hered to build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Con­struc­tion did not com­mence at the time due to the fi­nan­cial cri­sis and an ex­ten­sion was ob­tained, which is valid un­til June 2018.

The site has been cleared and lev­elled, but the con­struc­tor now has to com­plete the en­tire project be­fore the ex­piry date so as not to be in breach of the con­tract..

Whether works will com­mence is not known, but all the nec­es­sary pa­per­work is in or­der.

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