The construction of the controversial La Tejita Beach hotel given green light to continue


  • Canarian Weekly
  • 24-02-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: Stock Image
The construction of the controversial La Tejita Beach hotel given green light to continue

Grupo Viqueira, the developer behind the La Tejita beach hotel project in the south of Tenerife, announced yesterday (Friday) that construction work, which was stopped in May 2021 by the Government of the Canary Islands, will resume next week as they have been given permission to continue building the new resort.

In a press release, the developer stated that they have obtained a judgment from the Canary Islands High Court confirming the legality of the project. Additionally, they mentioned that legal actions have been started to seek compensation for the economic losses incurred due to the work stoppage.

The contentious administrative court of the Canary Islands High Court has reportedly issued three judgments in favour of the hotel developer, imposing costs on the relevant authorities. This comes in response to the halting of construction ordered by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, and the Canarian Agency for the Protection of the Natural Environment.

According to Grupo Viqueira, these firm judgments confirm that all necessary legal permits are in place for the project's execution. They emphasised that the modification of the approved boundary does not render the construction illegal.

Last year, the Salvar La Tejita association filed a complaint with the Canarian Agency for the Protection of the Natural Environment against Grupo Viqueira for carrying out construction in an area affected by the hotel's stoppage order on La Tejita beach in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona.

The construction of the controversial La Tejita Beach hotel given green light to continue

The hotel developer insists that they got all the required permits and licenses for the project in accordance with the boundary that was approved in 2002, before its revision began.

Expressing regret, the developer stated, "All the million-euro costs incurred due to these arbitrarily imposed stoppages, which are against the law, will ultimately come out of citizen's pockets."

The developer asserts that the hotel's height has been reduced to one floor and says that its construction will generate nearly 200 direct jobs and over 300 jobs indirectly.

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