Leroy Merlin in south Tenerife: will administrative wars end as courts order stop to regional licensing obstructions?

Leroy Merlin in south Tenerife: will administrative wars end as courts order stop to regional licensing obstructions?

new tropicana commercial centre

Updated 10 June 2017: Excitement in the local media over the arrival of Leroy Merlin in south Tenerife might be somewhat premature. This is a case, after all, that has been going on for at least six years: as you’ll see below the original post in this thread is from 2011! Now, however, there is at least a Court ruling, from the Canarian Supreme Court no less, that the project can go ahead.

In essence this ruling also amounts to a Court order to the regional Government and Tenerife Cabildo to bring their administrative licensing war to an end, and to resolve the illogical situation that saw the same circumstances be granted a licence by one and rejected by the other. The ruling will also, however, inevitably require the various vested interests for and against the store coming south to bring their own war to an end, and that might be no easy matter.

It goes without saying, or it should, that there are further legal options open to both sides … and little doubt that they will take them. Leroy Merlin will come south at some point, but “imminently” is unlikely.

Updated 9 June 2016: Despite the final go-ahead a few years ago, local reports this week say that the developer has decided not to proceed with the Tropicana commercial centre. A major backer of the project, however, appears to be intending to proceed on the same site … instead of one of Europe’s largest shopping malls, we seem to be going to have a Leroy Merlin in south Tenerife.

Updated 25 February 2013: Discussion, Clio and me, on Radio Sur Adeje, earlier today about this new centre. Click HERE to download. Apologies for the sound quality, which isn’t brilliant this time.

Updated 24 February 2013: The new Tropicana Commercial Centre has now been given the final go-ahead with the Canarian High Court’s rejection of an appeal submitted by the Canarian Commerce Federation, Fedeco, against its viability. The Court ruled that there was no municipal law to preclude the granting of a licence. It’s anyone’s guess as to when it will actually open, but open it will.

Original post 4 October 2011: There has been quite a bit in the news over the last day or two about a new commercial centre that has been approved for the Las Torres area of Adeje: from what I’ve seen of the plans, it is intended for the area near the Tropicana nightclub and Hipertrebol.

Local businesses are up in arms at what they see as a potentially huge loss of business, and it’s not going to be for a couple of years in any case, but if this really happens they are talking about a commercial centre of 400,000 square metres.

Meanwhile, construction is about to start on another 120,000 square metre commercial centre on the site next to Siam Park, though there is also controversy over this location because its use was originally classified for leisure but it has been now been recategorized as commercial. Businesses say that this is paradoxical and incomprehensible because the area’s leisure facilities are deficient, whilst the commercial offer is excessive.

Whatever the arguments, it does seem that Adeje will soon have two further large commercial centres over the coming few years. PV

10 Comments

  1. Have you heard anything about a shopping centre next to the Siam park

  2. Sorry I didn’t finish reading

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    😀

    actually as an update to that part of my earlier post, construction has in fact started on the CC next to Siam Park, at least in terms of turning the ground over.

  4. Hi Janet
    Do you know if the plans for this have been finalised and are they available online somewhere to view?

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    I haven’t posted because the latest info is that Adeje Ayto is for it, the Canarian Government is considering the licence application, and the Cabildo has rejected the plans. Ever heard of “SNAFU”??

    The plans should be with the council, and the project has backing from Leroy Merlin and so involves a LM store in the centre. The works are scheduled to take six years … if they ever get off the drawing board, though I’ve seen earth being moved myself …

  6. Hi Janet do you know if there are any plans for a primark in the south?

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    None that I’m aware of.

  8. Six years !!!!! Needs a good dose of Siam Mall project management expertise by the sounds of it.

  9. Is there any more news on this Janet?

    There seems to be more work going on recently.

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    no, haven’t heard anything …

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