Monday, May 29

The Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation will veto the macro-urbanization in front of Doñana authorized by the Board

The central government has vetoed the tourism macro-project in the municipality of Trebujena (Cádiz), located in front of the Doñana National Park, after the Junta de Andalucía issued a favorable Strategic Environmental Declaration. It is a firm political decision that the Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, expressed this Wednesday in Congress, pending the contrary report from the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation (CHG).

The Junta de Andalucía approves a macro-urbanization with a hotel, 300 villas and a golf course next to Doñana


“A luxury megaresort with a golf course is not going to be built, it is very difficult, in addition to the availability of water that we all know, the pressure there is to guarantee it in that area, is that they have planned it in an area that is subject to flooding ”, Ribera has warned about the project to build 300 luxury homes, several hotel complexes and a golf course on 2,324,292 square meters of a dry marsh in Trebujena.

The technical report is still to be done but, after the minister’s statements this morning, the president of the CHG has confirmed that they are going to report against the tourism macro-project. “Regarding the suitability, we are going to report, given that the location of the golf course and the houses is in a flood zone and of preferential flow, the location is not recommended and is limited in terms of its uses”, Joaquín Páez assured in RTVE.

The report will also warn that “the one who is really responsible is the Board, who would have to report” on the project, because the macro-urbanization is projected on land that is in the maritime-terrestrial public domain, “and therefore is beyond the full powers of the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation”.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition is the competent body to prepare the risk maps, through the hydrographic confederations, both in areas of maritime and fluvial flow. These reports are published in the National Cartography of Floodable Zones, which are in the public domain and can be consulted.

Páez has qualified that if the water resources that will supply water to the Trebujena tourist complex come from the Guadalete-Barbate basin, the CHG “does not have and cannot say anything”, because it is managed by the Junta de Andalucía itself. If, on the other hand, the water comes from the Guadalquivir basin – until the two treatment plants contemplated in the macro-project are built – “the Government will report negatively.”

“There is no possibility of new water concessions, if they are not previously planned,” warns Páez, who states that “if it depended on the CHG, we would never have considered” this urban project, given the water deficit and the drought crisis that It crosses all Andalusia.

A project inherited from the PSOE

The Trebujena tourist macro-urbanization received environmental authorization from the Junta de Andalucía on April 12, the same day that Parliament debated the controversial law to regulate irrigation in the area of ​​Doñana. The matter has once again placed the National Park at the center of the struggle between the central government and the Andalusian Executive of Juan Manuel Moreno, with high-voltage mutual accusations in the middle of the electoral campaign.

The case of Trebujena is more atypical, because in reality it is a project that was born in the Town hall of the Cadiz municipality, a bastion of the Communist Party that has been governed by the IU for 37 years and where there is no right-wing opposition. The tourism macro-project belongs to the real estate developer Bernard Devos, who managed to get the City Council to approve a reclassification of rustic lands to developable “with views of Doñana”.

The company promised to pay the local government of Trebujena more than 5.5 million euros when the modification of the PGOU was approved to make the project possible. In 2012 a new agreement was signed that reduced the compensation to 3.3 million, after the Andalusian government (then in the hands of the PSOE) reduced the maximum buildable area from 750 to 300 houses.

The Executive of Moreno has counterattacked the Ministry of Ecological Transition remembering that it was the Junta de Andalucía in the hands of the socialists that endorsed the same urban project in the same area, with buildability reports that they now use to demonstrate the “contradictions” and “hypocrisy” of the socialists. The current councilor of Trebujena, Ramón Galán, has spoken out against the project authorized by his predecessor, both from IU. The stoppage of the tourist complex will force the City Council to return the 1.8 million euros that it has already received from the promoter as compensation.

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