Venables angers Spanish villagers with new sports complex

Venables angers Spanish villagers with new sports complexFormer England football manager Terry Venables has angered locals in Spain over his plans for a multi-million-pound sports leisure complex.

Venables has been granted permission for a £430 million resort on the Costa Blanca. Initial plans are for 300 flats and villas and a 95-room hotel as well as extensive sports facilities including 13 football pitches, a golf course, horse-riding facilities and 12 tennis courts.

It is understood that Venables is hoping for the resort to become a centre for sporting excellence to rival the La Manga complex which is situated around 100 miles south.

However many locals are unhappy about the new resort saying that it will destroy an area of great natural beauty. Detractors have said that the resort will destroy local farmland, weaken social cohesion and blot the landscape.

Venables has responded saying that he will be discussing the concerns with his lawyer and that he is striving to make the complex as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.

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