The Insular Council of Majorca's building moratorium brought in over the summer, has kicked in and blocked the construction of 1'200 new hotel beds in the Port of Alcudia. The Insular Council's planning department took the decision on the grounds that all of the hotel projects fall under the blanket restrictions of the moratorium because the three development projects were approved after the July 31 deadline. Two of the aparthotels complexes cover an area over 56'000 square metres between the lake at the back of Alcudia and the Cami des Puig, an undeveloped area. The third project is also set to be built on an undeveloped site covering an area of 28'500 square metres between the Avenida Tucan and the Maristany park, near the three Reina hotels surrounding the hydropark. The promoters behind the projects intended to actually build on a total area of 51'000 square metres with the building compromising a ground floor and two storeys. The projects were first submitted for approval last April when the developer applied for three building licences. But when it came to approving the licences, council building advisors apparently spotted a number of deficiencies in the projects. On November 14, the developer appealed to the Insular Council in a bid to get the necessary licences, but it was then that the Insular Council informed the developers that, not only were there deficiencies in the initial projects, the three projects fall under the new strict building moratorium. The Balearic government's hotel development restrictions state that in order to build a new hotel, which must be either four of five star, an old or abandoned hotel must be demolished, as was the case earlier this month with the demolition of a hotel in Capdepera. With the three Alcudia projects being frozen, so too have hundreds of jobs and potential investment into the extremely popular family resort.


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