Spain attacked over coastal protection

NGOs accuse Spanish government of "backdoor assault" on coastal planning legislation

Spanish environmental groups are demanding that the government withdraw a draft reform of planning and environmental protection law which, the NGOs allege, has been tacked onto budget legislation currently before parliament expressly to avoid public debate.

The changes to the 1988 coasts law will permit building, declared to be "in the public interest", within the constitutionally-protected 20 metre zone around Spain's coastline. Greenpeace and WWF claim they will relax restrictions on building in areas liable to flooding and reduce regional governments' planning powers.

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