The Canarian High Court has confirmed that Refugio de Chasna in La Escalona, a development of 76 semi-detached houses under construction by Tenarona SL., was built under illegal licence. The licence was granted by the mayor of Vilaflor, Manuel Fumero, by decree in 2006. The Friends of Nature Association ATAN (Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Naturaleza) has said that it will ask for the Court to ensure that its ruling is enacted in full, which includes the demolition of the properties.
The High Court’s judgement came after Tenarona SL and Vilaflor Ayuntamiento appealed a lower Court ruling in a case brought by ATAN against the granting of the licence on the grounds that it violated urban development rules on both municipal and regional levels. The ecological group argued that pre-licence technical and legal reports were unfavourable, and that the mayor had misrepresented the technical arguments without any justification. ATAN says that it will do everything in its power to ensure that the mayor himself personally pays the entire costs of the nullification of the licence, including the resulting demolition. La Opinion