Over the last decade, various laws have been brought in to protect the tourist industry in Gran Canaria – potentially to the detriment of the Gran Canaria property market. However, many of these laws did not have the impact hoped for, since in order to be effective, they required a level of investment that the tourism industry was not willing, or able, to make.
For this reason, it became necessary to overhaul the planning system to ensure that any new buildings constructed in areas designated as “touristic” would be restricted to use for this purpose. It was purely on this basis that such buildings received planning permission, and indeed, the most sought after or privileged areas were restricted to building for touristic use.
All of the above was contained in Law 2/2013 as modified by Law 9/2015, and which amongst other things, states, in Article 3(c):
“Avoid, and where necessary correct any residential use of buildings in areas of touristic use.“