Penalty case against Cuna del Alma for lack of environmental impact assessment

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (EFE) mandatory environmental impact.

The offense, which is a serious administrative offense, was confirmed to Efe by sources in the Department of Ecological Transition.

With this procedure, which proposes a fine of up to 110,000 euros for the company, it orders a precautionary cessation of work, already in force after a preliminary order of the department headed by José Antonio Valbuena in the presence of samples of viborina sadis, a plant species special protection.

The promoter of Cuna del Alma has 15 days to file a complaint against this proposal for sanctions, which is in addition to the proposal put forward by the General Directorate of Historical Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands in connection with the damage caused to archaeological sites in the part of the surface on which work is being carried out.

In the event that the company admits its responsibility for this omission of the mandatory environmental impact assessment, it can reduce the amount of the sanction to 66,000 euros, the sources consulted by EFE specify.

In recent days, there have been crossover applications between Ecological Transition Advisor José Antonio Valbuena and District Advisor in Adeje City Council Manuel Luis Mendez, due to which the administration will have to take on possible compensation to the promoter. from the cradle of the soul.

The Adviser pointed out that both the Environmental Impact Law and the old Land Law required a simplified environmental impact study for holiday developments outside built-up land, as he understood in the case of Cuna del Alma in Puertito de Adeje.

The mayor of Adeje responded that the “discrepancy” arises around the mandatory nature of this strategic environmental impact assessment in the urbanization project (road construction, not the proposed villas and hotel), which is sanctioned and currently until the preventive shutdown.

And the city council believes that this study is not necessary, since the municipal planning change regarding the Puertito de Adeje area already had an environmental report mandatory in this process, which was approved by the Spatial and Environmental Planning. Commission of the Canary Islands (Kotmak) in 2018. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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