Spanish golf resort will be DEMOLISHED, rules court

Popular Spanish golf resort Marina Isla de Valdecanas that is built in a protected natural area will sadly be demolished.

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Fri, 11 Feb 2022

Spanish golf resort will be DEMOLISHED, rules court

Popular Spanish golf resort Marina Isla de Valdecanas that is built in a protected natural area will sadly be demolished, a Spanish court has heard according to a CNN report. 

The supreme court, which published its verdict on Thursday, has ruled the entire 4-star golf resort and hotel, which features 185 villas and an artificial beach must be demolished.

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Built on an island, La Isla de Valdecanas, the development had been planning to add hundreds of additional villas as well as a second hotel. 

But now it will all be demolished, bringing to an end a lenghthy 14-year legal battle brought by an ecological campaign group named Ecologistas en Acción.

The group had claimed the development, which was built in a protected area, should be returned to its natural state.

According to CNN, "in July 2020 a court in Extremadura ruled that the hotel, villas and golf course, which were already in operation, should remain standing as they were not causing environmental damage.

"The ruling estimated the cost of destroying the whole development would be nearly 34 million euros ($38.8 million), and compensation to property owners would reach 111 million euros ($126.7 million).

"It therefore ruled out demolition on economic grounds, as the regional Extremadura government would have had to foot the bill, and said that only facilities still under construction should be destroyed."

But as of this week's ruling in court, the entire resort is set to be demolished. 

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