Barranco Blanco is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The valley is used by local people and tourists for horse riding, walking, mountain biking, swimming and picnicking. The valley has wild boar, many birds of prey, many rare animals and plants. It has a river, waterfalls and a lake, and is directly connected to mountains and woodland that are protected (on the other bank of the river).
The access to the valley is 3 to 4 km from the nearest road and the valley is not connected to any nearby development because it is an isolated area. This valley cannot be seen from the road so it will not lose votes for the mayor of Alhaurín in the forthcoming elections; in fact it is possibly the furthest point within Alhaurín El Grande borders from the Town Hall and its planning office!
This is destruction of the countryside on a grand scale without any good reason and the notice published on the Town Hall website is completely misleading. Development of houses in this valley has been blocked for nearly 30 years because this area is very beautiful. The idea that 1500 houses can be built in the valley while preserving the environment is a sick joke. The excuse of "Residential Tourism" is just another way of describing more fees and taxes for the Town Hall and for the friends of the Town Hall – just quick money now and forget about the future.
The Alhaurín town hall have already approved 5000 houses and 3 golf courses over the past three years on the other side of the nearest road and, according to a Geologist, all these houses will use the same main source of water supply as the 1500 proposed for Barranco Blanco. At the moment, Alhaurín has water restrictions and so does Coín.