Valencian coast to face concrete crisis
11 January 2006, VALENCIA — Uncontrolled growth along the Valencian coastline could destroy the area for future generations, a report warns.
11 January 2006
VALENCIA — Uncontrolled growth along the Valencian coastline could destroy the area for future generations, a report warns.
Professors Jorge Olcima and Antonio Rico, from Alicante University, say "land policy comes after money – not the other way round".
The report adds: "Local power has now become the biggest player in all legal battles over land and it's not dependent on the political party governing a city hall."
Their report, entitled Los limites del territorio, published by the Spanish daily El Pais, says half a million new homes have been built in the past decade.
Eighty thousand more expat families are planning to move there in the next few years.
Indeed, experts predict the 150 kilometres separating Valencia from the one-time fishing village of Benidorm will be one continuous urban development.
But warnings from the European Union appear to have arrived too late to save the region.
Subject: Spanish news