Pego golf ur­ban­i­sa­tion plans not dead yet

Anew golf course and homes be­tween Monte Pego and Pego town which were never built have again be­come a hot topic – 14 years af­ter the coun­cil gave de­vel­op­ment a green light.

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­

PROTESTS hit the streets back in 2005 when it was an­nounced that an 18-hole green plus a club house and 1,306 vil­las were due to go up on the moun­tain­side across the road from the Mar­jal na­ture re­serve, and re­gional party BLOC-Com­pro­mís op­posed the plans, but were out­voted.

It would take eight years to wade through the red tape needed for Pego to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion, but noth­ing has hap­pened since.

Now, Com­pro­mís wants the coun­cil to de­clare the plan null and void at the end of 2018 due to the time lapse, but de­vel­oper Pat­ri­mo­ni­ales La Ma­rina, S.L. has called for a two-year ex­ten­sion.

In­stead of 1,306 vil­las, though, the pro­moter wants to build a lux­ury ho­tel.

As well as de­stroy­ing the area's ru­ral charm, Com­pro­mís has warned that a new fa­cil­ity re­quir­ing a colos­sal amount of mains wa­ter is ir­re­spon­si­ble in light of the cli­mate change is­sue and the fact that rain­fall in the re­gion has been dras­ti­cally lower in the last seven years or so.

Spokesman Àn­gel Ol­trà also cited on­go­ing prob­lems with Monte Pego – still un­fin­ished af­ter more than 20 years and at the cen­tre of a long-run­ning le­gal dis­pute be­tween lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the de­vel­oper – and with what was go­ing to be its neigh­bour, the Penya Rotja ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

The lat­ter was started in 2004 and so far only has a few roads and non-func­tion­ing lamp­posts, a hand­ful of con­crete skele­tons in­stead of vil­las, and has rav­aged the moun­tain­side.

Pego's mayor En­rique Moll ar­gues that a golf course uses 'pro­por­tion­ally less' wa­ter than an or­ange grove of the same size.

He says the Pego Golf de­vel­oper has un­til the end of 2018 to hand in all the pa­per­work for its two-year ex­ten­sion ap­pli­ca­tion and that the coun­cil is 'con­fi­dent' the pro­moter will meet the dead­line.

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