THE threat of demolition facing 1,000 coastal homes in Almeria has been lifted… for at least the next 75 years. And 3,000 beach bars throughout Spain have also been given the same reprieve in a draft Bill approved by the Council of Ministers to reform the current 24-year-old Coast Law.
The previous law did not provide ‘proper’ coast protection, and also created ‘legal insecurity,’ according to Spanish vice-president Soraya Saenz.
“The purpose of the new reform is to protect the environment and avoid construction excesses,” she said.
In total approximately 10,000 homes in Spain have been built on public coastline land, most of them prior to the 1988 Coast Law. These properties initially received rerprieves due to expire in 2018, then meaning potential demolition, but now the new Bill will extend safety for a further 75 years.
The Bill grants Spanish as well as expat owners legal security, welcomed by the European Commission. Residential areas and businesses in Almeria, including Adra, Vera and Mojacar, will be among those benefitting from the new laws, safeguarding 1,000 homes previously affected by demarcation of public coast land.
The Bill also will allow the government to halt all illegal beach-side constructions. This will in future prevent cases including the controversial Algarrobico Hotel in Carboneras, though no final ruling has yet been given there.