Update 17 June 2014: The Canarian Supreme Court has now confirmed the High Court’s judgment on Arona’s PGO, and has annulled the general municipal plans on the grounds of eight failures related to the processing and management of the territorial planning which started in 1997. The judgment confirmed the denuncias made by Ciudadanos por Arona councillor José Antonio Reveron and lawyer Felipe Campos, and in devastating fashion confirmed most of the arguments that Arona’s PGO was invalid because of “planning irregularities”, illegal land reclassifications, and corruption.
The case is, of course, closely linked to ongoing hearings known collectively as Caso Arona which is now in court: the vast majority of the Coalición Canaria ruling group have been indicted, including ex-mayor Reveron – who had to be forced out of office because of his own corruption proceedings – and current mayor Niño. Some seventeen charges are finally about to start their hearings, and it is now far from impossible that some prison sentences might be handed down.
With regard specifically to where this latest judgment leaves the PGO, however, the answer is that it is in legal limbo, governed by plans that were last valid in 1987. The council has yet to comment on the judgment.
Update 9 October 2013: When I first posted this, nearly two years ago, its title was “Great plans for huge expansion of Los Cristianos as Arona at last approves PGO”. Today, the post could easily be appended to the Administrative Chaos in Arona item, and I’ve had to change the title to reflect the fact that the Canarian High Court has thrown out Arona’s PGO, its municipal planning scheme, because land designations were approved without the required environmental reports. The controversial areas are in the Cabo Blanco and Buzanada areas, but stretch to Valle San Lorenzo too, and call into question all plans for development in the municipality, including the El Mojón area.
The judgment throws Arona’s municipal planning into confusion, not least because it has taken the Ayuntamiento years even to reach this stage of “approval” for land designations which clearly should never have been given in the first place – and which, according to AquiSur, is all bound up with the various elements of the Caso Arona (or various Casos Arona) even resulted in death threats against critics. As of yesterday, mayor Niño was denying all knowledge of the judgment, saying he had not yet been notified, but it is now clear that the Court’s ruling was given on 4 October. Sr Niño said that if it were true, however, then one had to “remain positive”, but that until he heard from the Court directly he couldn’t possibly comment. Meanwhile he has called an emergency committee to discuss the “crisis of government in Arona” …
Original post 16 December 2011: Arona Ayuntamiento has at last approved its PGO (Plan General de Ordenación) which defines the plots within the municipality. One area that now has the go-ahead for development is El Mojón, a name usually associated with the new southern hospital just below Chayofa, but which in fact is the whole area between the present town of Los Cristianos and the TF1.
This area, of some 500,000 square metres, has been marked out with streets and paving for some time, and is now intended to become the “economic motor” not just of Los Cristianos, but of south Tenerife generally, according to the Ayuntamiento in a press conference yesterday.
The area will contain residential, touristic and commercial properties, and talks will start with businesses after Christmas to see how to get the maximum potential from the area.
Arona’s Urbanismo councillor said he recognized that given the crisis in the construction sector, realizing this potential might take years, but all possibilities and strategies would be examined to fuel touristic and commercial activity.