UNLIKE many bulldozed irregularly-built private homes in Spain, the El Algarrobico in Almeria Province still stands.
That could finally change if the Andalucia Upper Court (TSJA) allows the Junta de Andalucia regional government to enter the site and carry out the demolition ordered by the national government in 2011.
The 20-storey hotel, where construction began in 2003, was illegally built on an unspoiled beach in the Cabo de Gata national park, north of Carboneras.
Azata del Sol and Azata Patrimonio SL had hindered the voluntary handover of the property which the regional administration acquired for €2.3 million, the Junta complained. It was therefore asking for “judicial assistance” to exercise its right to rescind the original contract.
The regional government also requested that the TSJA “legally required” the developer to designate a bank account where the payment could be deposited. Failing this, the TSJA was asked to indicate an account where it could be made.
Azata del Sol’s initial refusal to accept the Junta’s right to withdraw the contract had prompted the regional government to request the court’s help following “many fruitless attempts” to arrange a meeting to formalise the payment and occupy the property.
In the absence of cooperation and the company’s permission, the only option was a court order, the Junta concluded.