Fi­nal nail in cof­fin for mega-re­sort

Cam­paign­ers high­lighted the dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment which the scheme would have en­tailed

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Nuria Pérez nperez@cb­

THE CON­TRO­VER­SIAL Novo Carthago golf re­sort de­vel­op­ment near Los Belones on the shore of the Mar Menor in Mur­cia re­gion has been defini­tively ‘can­celled’ by Carta­gena city hall, ac­cord­ing to may­oress Ana Belén Caste­jón.

The coun­cil had been called on to rule over the com­pul­sory divi­sion of land at the vast area of coun­try­side which in­cludes a his­toric monastery.

Sra Caste­jón said this pro­ce­dure has been an­nulled be­cause the scheme is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the courts over al­leged cor­rup­tion.

Builder Hansa Ur­bana had threat­ened the coun­cil with a €140 mil­lion law­suit if the scheme did not get the goa­head.

Sra Caste­jón la­belled this ‘black­mail’ and said city hall would not bow to pres­sure.

The plans for the Novo Carthago re­sort in­cluded 6,000 prop­er­ties, two ho­tels and an 18-hole golf course on the shore of the Mar Menor, which is al­ready sat­u­rated by de­vel­op­ment.

The fed­er­a­tion of as­so­ci­a­tions Pacto por el Mar Menor said it was ‘good news' for the la­goon.

How­ever, at the same time it warned that a de­vel­op­ment with a 10-storey apart­ment block has been given the fi­nal go-ahead by Carta­gena coun­cil close to the Mar­chamalo salt marshes be­tween Playa Honda and La Manga del Mar Menor.

The plan for a ho­tel at Los Ur­ru­tias, next to the Ram­bla del Beal wa­ter­course, is also go­ing ahead, lamented the fed­er­a­tion.

The San Ginés monastery was in the area ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment

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