Antonio Zapata of the PSOE

The planning department of Orihuela town hall has announced a further nine notices being issued for infringements of urban planning laws, four of which are demolition notices, the remaining are financial penalties totalling 11,644.54 euro.

Of the nine cases in this latest batch of clampdowns, seven of them are on the Orihuela Costa, the remaining two in the surrounding villages.

According to the head of the planning department, Antonio Zapata of the PSOE, there are still some six hundred cases pending, all of which will be resolved in due course.

Zapata also explained that his department are mostly dealing with two different types of urban offenses, one of which corresponds to “minor works”, which seem to mostly take place in the coastal area, believed to be largely due to the “ignorance” of laws by property owners, which collectively make the largest chunk of disciplinary proceedings. These could be simply due to lack of planning permission, or sometimes where owners may believe they have sought appropriate permission, but without going through the town hall.

The second batch of infringements, for which there are a lesser number, are violations of the Urban Law Valenciana, with homes and structures built on undeveloped or incorrectly classified land, this is more common in the surrounding villages, although not exclusively.

Some of these infringements can be legalised with the appropriate application of licensing, others may take longer to resolve, as they may fall outside the immediate jurisdiction of the town hall.

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