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October 14th, 2009

Britain has been designated the worst place to live in Europe, compared with nine other major countries, despite the fact that Brits earn by far the highest wages.

Life in sun-soaked Spain, where people retire earlier and live longer, was judged to be the best by researchers at uSwitch.com in the latest European Quality of Life index.

Earning 35,730 pounds ($56,410) a year on average, Brits are 10,000 pounds ($15,790) richer than their European neighbors, but that doesn’t translate into an easier life and they are getting a “raw deal” researchers concluded.

Shoppers in Britain pay higher prices for fuel, food, alcohol and cigarettes and receive poorer healthcare and education, the survey found.

“There is more to good living than money and this report shows why so many Brits are giving up on the UK and heading to France and Spain,” said Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com.

“We have lost all sense of balance between wealth and well-being,” she said.

British workers toil three years longer and die two years younger than their French counterparts.

The Spanish enjoy 2,665 hours of sunshine a year, compared with just 1,397 in Ireland and they pay five percent less taxes than their light-deprived Irish cousins.

The 10 major countries surveyed were ranked in the following order from best to worst quality of life: France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Britain.

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July 30th, 2009

Marbella’s town council yesterday approved the final draft of a new town-plan that will put an end to more than a decade of town planning chaos that has weighed heavily on the local property market. The plan now goes to the regional government in Seville for final approval.

The new town-plan will replace the existing plan, approved in 1986, that was systematically abused over 15 years by a succession of corrupt mayors, resulting in 18,000 illegal properties in Marbella.

The new plan legalises 16,500 properties in return for compensating the town hall with land and payments to restore public spaces that were lost to private developments. Under the latest draft developers are the only ones on the hook, after Ángeles Muñoz, Marbella’s Mayor, fought to ensure that innocent third party buyers will not be liable for any compensation payments.

Despite macho talk and brinkmanship from the Mayor last week, the new plan will not save the most contentious illegal properties from demolition. Last week Ángeles Muñoz said she would extend the planning amnesty to 500 illegal but occupied properties, against the wishes of the government in Seville. But in the end the new plan she sent to the town council for approval did not offer a way out for the unfortunate owners of properties in the Banana Beach and Rio Real developments. In theory these properties will have to be demolished, along with 1,000 other properties that were built but never sold, as the new plan does not provide for any other solution.

The regional government in Seville is expected to nod through the new plan, which will them come into force. Marbella’s first town plan since 1986 can only be good news for the local property market.

Story by Mark Stucklin

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