The nine Britons who put down off-plan deposits of up to 200,000 each on properties at theCorvera Golf and Country Clubnear Murcia in 2005 and 2006 were promised that their homes would be part of a complex that would include a five-star hotel and state-of-the-art leisure facilities.

The majority of the proposed facilities were never built while the developers Corvera Golf and Country Club SL allegedly ignored pleas from homeowners to explain why construction had suddenly stopped.

A preliminary hearing in Murcia has now confirmed that the developers will have to answer these allegations in a trial in July next year.

In a separate appeal against the same developers it was proven that they did not have planning permission for the third phase of the development confirming a suspicion long held by the homeowners.

Alex Radford, a solicitor at the Malaga office ofIrwin Mitchell Abogados who is helping the group in their battle for justice, said that the formal setting of a date for trial and the result of the recent appeal are both a major boost in their fight.

I suppose it sends a reminder to people buying off the plan to be very careful. In fact after reading that I think I would prefer to buy in an established development.