Building permits could be suspended for a maximum of five years

The whole of the Balearics is now facing a massive building freeze after all three of the region's Insular Councils swept new moratoriums through in quick succession in a bid to slow down further developments in the Balearics. With the only opposition to the building freeze coming from the Partido Popular, the moratoriums were whisked through with overwhelming majorities and the support of the Balearic government, which drew up the initiative. The “surprise” move by the Insular Council of Minorca will have an immediate affect on construction work in seven municipalities under the POOT tourist resort management plan along with a number of new development sites where building permission could be suspended for a maximum of five years. If planned developments have not been started, for example foundations laid or power and water installed, then building permits will be suspended. ut only in POOT tourist resorts will the suspensions be enforced - elsewhere the general pace of building work will be slowed down. President of the Insular Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar, says that the new moratorium is completely fair as it applies to all developments, commercial or private in urban or rural areas. unar said that she has been particularly concerned over the increasing level of properties being built in rural areas, “we had to do something in order to stop the pressure on rural areas from increasing.”

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