Just when the owners of illegal houses in Catral thought there was light at the end of the tunnel along came the plans to build the AP-37 toll motorway.
The project could see dozens of rural homes demolished in the Vega Baja with owners of 'illegal' homes receiving derisory compensation.
The favoured 'option four' route for the road starts at the AP-7 motorway and passes through Catral, Callosa de Segura and on to Orihuela.
The owners of properties constructed illegally on rustic land which were set to be 'regularised' under Catral’s new Town Plan (PGOU) have been told the road project has arrived at the wrong time.
Almost all the houses affected will be considered illegal for expropriation purposes and the authorities will pay only for the land. Engineers have valued the costs of the expropriations and for rustic land they will be paying only six euros per square metre.