Nutty solution for Dénia planning mayhem
Temporary fix to help prevent chaos
By Samantha Kett PLANNING permission chaos in Dénia could be resolved within two months – for a while, at least.
In the absence of a proper town layout plan, or PGOU, the Marina Alta district capital has been relying upon 'provisional planning rules', or Normas Urbanísticas Transitorias (NUT) laid down by the regional government.
The previous NUT expired on Saturday.
Although far from a perfect solution, the NUT means the council is not obliged to accept any planning application for review which contravenes its vision for the town – without it, every request would have to be con- sidered, even where it was at odds with local authority aspirations concerning greenbelt land, low-rise property, reduced seafront development, or new roads.
Also, major development projects that could bring jobs to Dénia, as well as most general smaller works, are on hold because of the lack of a legal framework.
None of this can be completely resolved until Dénia finally signs off a new layout, or PGOU, but the current mayhem will be stemmed and legal loopholes allowing undesirable building closed.
The NUT will be approved before December 20, assures regional planning boss Rosa Pardo.