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PP back in power- will urban planning move forward?

Ángeles Muñoz is back as mayor of Marbella. The local president of the Partido Popular (PP) has regained the post she occupied for two consecutive legislative terms (2007-2011 and 2011-2015) after the success on Tuesday of the no confidence motion proposed earlier in August by the PP and Opción Sampedreña (OSP).

What does this mean for us in the world of property development? Being honest, Marbella has always been slow in giving licenses. It was fast when there were no rules but giving back handers and building without licenses. But to conceive a building license, there was and is really no limit to how long it could take to finally get it and to go through the painstaking visits to the town-hall, just to get an idea about the next step.

Also there has been a culture, especially since the Gil era, to find faults in everything presented.

Currently, I found, in the town-hall there was no awareness of any problem or delay in any license. Even though, the indication is, that a full building or refurbishment license may not even be seen by a technician for the next 12 months.

Will that change? Will the town-hall have a leadership structure to take decisions? As we know, up till now there are no consequences to anyone in the urbanism department for NOT signing an overdue building or occupational license, nor are there really achievable time limits with any kind of penalties for not achieving them.

We all look with awe at Estepona or Benahavis, who dish out licenses within months or even weeks. Are they in the wrong, maybe?

Who has a real vision for Marbella and can make things work? Old school must be over!!!

Let’s see what Angeles can do this time round. And let’s not forget: The nose dive 2010 Urban Plan was done under her supervision and was a legal disaster.

My advice to Angeles: Modernize your thoughts and actions!