Cómpeta mayor’s appeal rejected

A former mayor of Cómpeta has been banned from holding public office for six years and fined €3,600 for a town planning offence. Leovigildo López was convicted by Criminal Court No 1 in Málaga a year ago, and early last month, lost his appeal in Málaga’s Provincial Court.

The case dates back to December 2005 when permission was granted by Cómpeta Town Hall for building on a site classed as agricultural. The Criminal Court heard that when the planning application was received, the municipal architect warned that the same developer had submitted six projects for six different homes simultaneously, and expressed concerns that this might indicate an urban development. However, the then mayor, Leovigildo López, approved the application.

According to the court report, the mayor and architect acted, “in the knowledge that it was contrary to planning regulations,” but that they continued, “under artificial legal cover created by the technical reports.” It added that the architect made an “illegal interpretation of the rules,” as laid out in Andalucía’s urban planning laws, while the mayor was “fully aware of the matter.”

Both were found guilty of an offence against regional planning and the court annulled the licences which had been awarded. In addition to Sr López’ sentence, the architect was fined €3,000 and disqualified for four years.