Council approves Special Protection Plan for Maro

The Council has approved the creation of the Municipal Technical Committee for the Special Protection Plan for the Historic Site ‘Picturesque Maro’ which they hope will become responsible for assessing building permits and projects in the village of Maro.

The Plan foresees the granting of building licences without the need to consult with or gain approval from the provincial Cultural Delegation.

Now that the Technical Committee has been approved, with the sole support of the ruling PP, the next stage is to officially publish the information for the legally required period of time and then request the provincial Delegation of Culture to transfer responsibility for matters relating to urban development in Maro to the Municipal Council.

In the light of the recent announcement by the Junta de Andalucia that the ‘protected’ status of the Maro-Cerro Gordo area has been extended as part of its environmental policy, a move described by the Council as ‘truly irresponsible’, one wonders if this particular door will be unlocked.

If the Plan relates solely to minor refurbishment or repair works within the confines of the village itself, then perhaps. However, if this is seen as an opening which could be exploited to include other areas or even large-scale construction, it could be a different matter.

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