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.
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.