The process to begin construction of the new port at Puerto de la Bajadilla, Marbella, has been given the go ahead. The Andalucia High Court has unblocked the procedures and rejected the objections that had been lodged.
The administrative courts of Malaga took the decision last Wednesday, November 9th, but this will not be officially announced until tomorrow (Tuesday). Appeals had been lodged on the basis that the development would cause irreversible damage to Marbella and the judge rejected this.
The companies which have lost the possibility of building the project claim that The Abdullah consortium (UTE) did not respect the conditions that were required for the project.
The tribunal decision will allow the signing of the contract between the Ports of Andalucia, the Marbella town hall and the UTE, which was initially planned for mid October but was postponed pending hearing the objections.
There had been concerns that the appeal process could take up to ten years and the money invested would have been frozen pending the outcome.
This decision has been welcomed by The Nasir Bin Abdullah & Sons Consortium.
The decision was based on the fact that this is a project of general interest, affecting and benefiting the entire town of Marbella. The court decided that the development of the marina was of immense importance to the continuing popularity of the area.