Text by Filipa Matias Pereira
“ZERO” and “Transparência e Integridade” associations argue that the current territorial planning requirements for Comporta “are not compatible with speculative real estate projects that do not respect European law”. The Associations refer to the sale of Comporta, stating five reasons for not moving forward with the business.
In a statement, the associations highlight an order of 10 years that claims the public interest of a private urban operation. However, for ZERO and Transparência e Integridade “it is clear that there are alternatives, namely a lower rate of construction or even non-construction”. Moreover, “there is no justification for claiming the ‘public interest’ of an occupation, which is private, a space of enormous natural and scenic value”.
As a second point is mentioned the National Ecological Reserve (REN) that was removed from the areas to be occupied by the projects in Herdade da Comporta and, with this maneuver, “an occupation was made possible in areas previously REN, the evident benefit of Herdade da Comporta. The Ministry of the Environment has not yet corrected this unacceptable situation. It is necessary to safeguard all the areas that were of REN in this territory “, they express.
It is also mentioned “a Management Plan (of the Comporta-Galé site) obligatory by European legislation and that incomprehensibly does not exist”. Although “mandatory”, Zero and Transparency and Integrity claim that, a decade later, the Management Plan for the Natura Comporta / Galé Network continues to be done. For associations, “due consideration should be given to the natural heritage in question, even though, although strangely delayed, the Comporta-Galé Site Management Plan, a compulsory document under national and an area classified in terms of nature conservation that is part of the Natura 2000 Network “.
In addition to all this, it is also highlighted “a creditor that is affirmed as sustainable (Caixa Geral de Depósitos)” but a State “should not simply be guided by money”, since it has “an obligation to guarantee sustainable development of the territory, preventing real estate speculation “. It is therefore imperative, in the opinion of the associations, “to have a reassessment of the wrong choices made in recent years in terms of spatial planning on the Alentejo coast, in particular due to the creation of Tourism Development Areas that do not safeguard the protected natural heritage”.
Lastly, the sales criterion is mentioned that “should not be only the price, and should include guarantees of preservation of the natural, landscape and cultural values in presence”.
Article published in Notícias ao Minuto on September 17, 2018