“The Minister for the Environment and Climate Action, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, ordered an inquiry into the [hotel] licensing process, which will be conducted by the Inspectorate General for Agriculture, the Sea, the Environment and Spatial Planning”, the Ministry said, in a clarification to Lusa.
At issue is a hotel licensed by the Matosinhos City Council in Praia da Memoria, a parish of Perafita, district of Porto, which was the subject of a complaint in the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), as reported on 31 October in Jornal de Negócios (JN).
JN said in its edition on 16 December that theconstruction of the hotel, which has been suspended for more than a month and a half while negotiations were under way to find an alternative location, should be resumed soon.
“The promoter of the project, Mário Ascensão, guarantees that the work will be resumed following a consensual decision with the approval of the Ministry of the Environment and the Matosinhos Chamber”, says the daily.
On 27 October, dozens of people, mostly residents, spoke out against the construction of the hotel and demanded that an alternative location be found, at a time when the work had already stopped at the promoter’s initiative, and it was announced that the municipality were negotiating the relocation of the venture for environmental reasons.
On 26 November, the Mayor of Matosinhos, Luísa Salgueiro, admitted that the hotel could materialise due to a lack of agreement.
“A solution could not yet be found. If so, great, because all interests in presence will be safeguarded. If not, the scenario is that the hotel can be built,” the mayor told reporters on the sidelines of a town hall meeting.
On 31 October, the Northern Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) revealed, in a clarification to Lusa, that it gave a favourable opinion to the hotel on that beach in Matosinhos because the Chamber excluded the location of the National Ecological Reserve (REN), leaving it outside the “coastal protection area”.