Several municipalities in Malaga province have formally appealed against the new POT territorial plan proposed by the Junta de Andalucía, on the grounds that it invades areas which are their responsibility. The POT is designed to control development across the region until 2018, but the mayors, who belong to both the Socialist Party and the Partido Popular (PP) and represent a population of 833,000, claim the plan will drastically restrict the development of their municipalities. The leading objector is the PP Mayor of Alhaurín de la Torre, Joaquín Villanova, who also presented a 9,000 signature petition against the POT. The PSOE Mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Jesús Domínguez Palma, also considers that the plan “invades municipal responsibilities”. The other municipalities are Benalmádena and Torremolinos on the coast, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Pizarra, Álora and Coin in the Guadalhorce valley, and the smaller villages of Casabermeja, Almogía and Totalán in the Montes de Malaga area. The Junta contends the restrictions are needed, arguing that the floods in Rincon in 2004 were caused by uncontrolled development. Meanwhile, the Malaga College of Architects has also criticised the POT proposals, because it considers the plan allows too many new homes to be built.


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