ENVIRONMENTALISTS have asked that the legalization of illegal houses in the Axarquia not be interpreted as a ‘carte blanche’ to build on protected land.
The President of the Axarquia Nature Studies Office (Gena-Environmentalists in Action), Rafael Yus, said “if thousands of houses are all legalised at once, why can’t others in the future benefit from the same measure?”
Instead, they want the legalisation decree planned by the Junta de Andalucia to dissuade people from building illegally in the future with fines and other measures.
Gena-Ecologistas en Accion considers the interest of the Junta de Andalucia Council of Public Works and Housing to be positive, as it will solve a problem which has had a huge environmental impact on protected land in the region “caused by local administrations and the Junta de Andalucia failing to do their job in urban development matters.”
However, they consider that the way the decree is being planned, it supports the administration in illegal urban planning matters, giving those who have broken the law the means to continue doing so.
“The best thing would have been for the administration to fight against illegality from the outset, despite the fact that could have made them less popular and possibly losing them the elections”.
In the Axarquia area alone there are 12,760 illegal houses and buildings.
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By Jennifer Leighfield