Construction of La Tejita hotel can continue, but with 60 less rooms
The General Directorate of Costas, who control the coastline between the land and the sea in Spain, have reviewed the boundary of the hotel being built in La Tejita, and given it the go ahead for completion, but with 60 fewer rooms than the 340 originally planned, according to a ministerial order printed in the BOE this week.
This is after Costas confirmed the revision of the boundary at 20 metres and not at 100 metres, as demanded by the environmental groups that managed to paralyze the building work in June of last year, after two activists spent 11 days at the top of the two cranes protesting about the construction of the complex , which had already built a good part of its structure.
Costas has dismissed the demands of the groups Salvar la Tejita and ATAN, to impose a 100-metre protection boundary, which would prevent the construction of the hotel. The Viqueira Group, which yesterday did not want to give its opinion on the new demarcation, may now restart the works, but will be obliged to present a new project because plans are affected by the new demarcation.
As published in the Official State Boletin (BOE), the General Directorate of the Costas thus resolves the revision of the maritime-land demarcation of a section of 458 linear metres from the Urbanization Costa Bella to Punta del Bocinegro, in the area of La Tejita. The review was requested in February 2018 by the associations Salvar La Tejita and ATAN, which proposed that the easement area increase its distance, from 20 to 100 metres. The substantial change in the demarcation consists of adjusting the line to the dune system due to winds that exists in the area, just along the promenade that runs from the well-known Kiosko El Pirata in the direction of La Tejita beach itself.
The Salvar La Tejita association assured yesterday that it will continue to appeal through all legal channels so that there is no illegal construction on La Tejita beach.
In a statement, the association points out that they have discovered “many legal irregularities within the building license and the demarcation review process, and we will continue our fight until every politician, businessman, technician, official or architect is held accountable and prosecuted for the judicial route”.
Lawyers and technicians from Salvar La Tejita have studied the ministerial decision and point out that the decision to set the boundary at 20 metres is actionable, which is why it explains that it will do so and, while the appeal is processed, "will fight to maintain the stoppage of construction”.
The association also says that the review of the demarcation is one of the many factors that are currently in the judicial process, and adds that another is the inexistence of any type of project, technical study or license for wastewater treatment.
From the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Climate Change, it is only pointed out that "all the documentation will now be analyzed well by the Litoral service" and that later "an answer will be given."
A statement from the Granadilla Town Hall says that “after the modification of the demarcation between the vertices M-147 and M-155, between the Costa Bella urbanization and Punta del Bocinegro, the City Council of Granadilla has acted favourably from the start with the technical reports, complying with the General Plan in force and with the necessary sectoral permits.”
“It is the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge that initiates the review of the demarcation, with which the promoter of the works obtained the mandatory building license. It is Costas that has decided to definitively approve a new demarcation, which will alter the conditions of the building”.