Plans revealed for Praia Formosa

500 homes and a hotel

Praia Formosa
Praia Formosa

JM report that Funchal Town Councilor for Urbanism, João Rodrigues, has revealed that the land in Praia Formosa, owned by the Welsh family and the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, is planned to accommodate around 500 dwellings and a hotel. The information was released yesterday at the conference “Madeira, on the Real Estate Investment Route“, an initiative by the Association of Real Estate Agents and JM Madeira.

Apart from announcing plans for Praia Formosa João Rodrigues also analyzed the impact of Local Accommodation (AL) in Funchal, revealing that next year a municipal regulation should emerge that will take into account “the ratio” of the presence of AL in the different parishes, because “we don’t want only AL”.

The councillor was attentive to the phenomenon, especially in the parishes of São Martinho and Santa Maria Maior, where there are currently 630 and 308 properties respectively registered under local accommodation.

During his speech at the real estate conference, the councillor also confirmed that Funchal’s Municipal Master Plan will be revised in 2023, a job that should be completed in between “a year and a year and a half”.

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18 thoughts on “Plans revealed for Praia Formosa”

  1. Why not turn it into a public park? No doubt this will mean curtains for the beachside bars and a huge increase in traffic and parking problems for at least the next couple of years during the construction period even if new parking facilities are created. And what about the extra infrastructure required to service these new buildings? Without a dramatic upgrading of the sewage treatment facilities I fear the routine closure of the beach will become a very regular occurrence.

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  2. Slowly ruining the Island. Nothing natural being left. Have been visiting the Island twice a year for 27 years but will soon stop because of this continual over development. So pleased we saw the Island at it’s best.

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    • Absolutely we have been visiting this beautiful Island for 30years and look on in horror as it is now a concrete jungle of hotels flats for holiday rent and for us the final straw was allotment being rip up and now the Savoy residence being built this year! A NON-STOP run OF concrete buildings from Monumental Lido to The Forum and now beyond with this next build ! This year is our last visit to this once beautiful Island and its people. So sad…..

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      • Well you don’t need go that far the area that was the airport was in one time a beautiful area to live only houses and gardens and quintas and farm land everything is gone to the expansion of the airport . I was born in Monte Funchal and lived all my life in Santa Cruz and if you ask I prefer when was in the past isn’t anymore the same place to many changes . I left Madeira in 1999 and did lived in UK until 2018 and returned back to Portugal where I live in Sintra historic village . And I been visiting Madeira a few times over the years because of my mother and isn’t the same I like the old times . But what you can do nothing it is progress that was need but they need have carful to not spoiled everything .

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    • Totally agree. So sad the way the island is developing. It is no longer the place we knew and loved and recommended to numerous friends. Not sure if we will return.

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  3. We like the seafront and the existing bars because they are easy going and offer “no fuss” drinks and food.
    With new development this will ultimately change like so many places in the last 10 years.

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  4. “The councillor was attentive to the phenomenon, especially in the parishes of São Martinho and Santa Maria Maior, where there are currently 630 and 308 properties respectively registered under local accommodation.”

    It would be interesting to know the makeup of ownership of these AL properties. How many owned by Madeiran individuals, companies, foreigners?

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  5. Back after three years and tend to agree with the comments about overdevelopment
    The new Savoy and Pestana Residences basically complete a concrete jungle from the Lido to Praia Formosa.
    And a 14 storey (!?!) development is under way just west of the Forum on Estrada Monumental.
    Having said this, the climate is brilliant, the landscape around the island is endlessly enjoyable and the shops seem well stocked, so what is the attraction of the pitiful state that the UK is in?

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  6. Alan, I agree with you, the Uk is a mess, addressing the overdevelopment issue, Madeira as a whole is undertaking to improve its appearance in the view of refurbishment of empty derelict houses and land, the space of land that’s going to be developed has been an eyesore for many years, this summer the government had a great deal of trouble to come to an agreement with the owners to be able to use it for parking, I don’t know how they are going to get around that issue, maybe something in the plans?, it also has to be mentioned that when you have a large piece of land like that, if it’s not kept clean and clear it pose’s as a fire risk in Madeira, so I say well done for someone doing something positive.
    And for those that want to end the journeys to this still beautiful island I would like to ask them where are they likely to go?, perhaps they might prefer benidorm.

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    • Perhaps your right and I am being selfish to not be very excited about this project. I guess some additional generally low paid jobs in tourism are better than nothing. That being said I can’t imagine what additional 500 residences for millionares will do to the area. I’ve stayed in the area several times and it’s already usually busy with a lot of locals and tourists enjoying the oceanfront. Traffic will become terrible, the sky blotted out by concrete behemoths, and the local ambiance will be gone while the wealthy developers become richer. .
      On another note with a birthrate in Madeira of 1.1 children per woman it’s only a matter of time before there’s a major worker shortage. Workers will have to be imported and a whole Pandora’s box of social, cultural and economic consequences will follow. Thus is progress..

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  7. It will be developed no matter what, money is key for the government revenues & the developers. Planning applications should include the developers make new access roads, the development has its own waste water/sewage treatment plant with zero sewage emissions into the sea,,? Just a thought…

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  8. Most large developments have to contribute to the infrastructure for what they build. Madeira gets its income from foreign tourists, either holiday makers or foreigners who buy and bring much needed income in, its a dreamers world, to think that everything stays like it was 50 years ago! How many of us,are responsible for the changes we bemoan ( going back home and telling friends and family about the unspoilt ideal place,we have found!)
    Ask the following question, if Madeira was an ideal economic environment to live in, why are there 2.5 million Madeirians living off the island and what would happen,if they all came home? Which is actually starting to happen.
    Its not an easy call to make, too many people to satisfy. As the saying goes, you can satisfy,some of the people,some of the time,not all of the people all of the time!!
    I wonder what the result would be, if a survey was made of locals views, people who, live, work,bring up children etc
    It seems to me a bit perverse, that foreigners are bemoaning about,other foreigners,taking up space on ” their” island, spoiling “their” views and not giving consideration to “their” wants! Lot to think about.

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