The government plans to suspend the concession of all new building licences in Balearic resort areas where the master plan for tourism known by its Spanish initials, POOT, is in force, to slow down construction. This is one of the proposals of a draft of precautionary measures on which the public works ministry, headed by Josep Antonio Ferrer, is working at the moment. In Palma, the suspension would affect areas such as the Playa de Palma and Cala Major. This suspension of new licences would also be applied to some areas of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains considered sensitive by the government, even though there are no tourist resorts there. Mountain areas where the moratorium would be applied include Cala Tuent and Son Massip in Escorca, Shangri-là in Valldemossa and Es Verger in Esporlas, according to sources. The same sources explained that the moratorium will affect all urban land or land for development which is not classified as a ‘solar’ or plot or land available for development which has not been executed. For urban land to be considered a ‘solar’ it must have all the services proper to an urbanisation already constructed. This means that the land should have sewers, electricity and water, among other services. The draft bill which is being prepared is just a precautionary measure and is not definitive. What the government hopes to do is stop new constructions in these areas until the future development of the Balearics is resolved.

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