Final nail in coffin for mega-resort
Campaigners highlighted the damage to the environment which the scheme would have entailed
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