Staff Reporter

PALMA
THE building trade hasn't yet come to a standstill on Majorca. Over the past year, 8'955 new homes on the Island were given the final go-ahead to open their doors to the first set of owners.

According to the annual review made by the Majorcan Official College of Master Builders and Technical Architects, these figures bear witness to a rise of 42.8 percent in property which has qualified for official guarantees, in comparison with homes which went up in 2005.

Jaime Gilbert Salamanca, the College president said that the increase is in line with the number of building licenses which were issued by the Council of Majorca when it lifted a temporary ban on property development.

BREAKDOWN
An analysis of the figures for municipal housing completion over the past year confirms the trend towards the growth of towns near to Palma. It's now easier for people to live out of the capital but still work there thanks to the ambitious road building programme undertaken by the current Balearic Government. The Llucmajor bypass has meant that motorists journeying to Campos have had fifteen minutes cut from their travelling time.

Such growth has also been promoted not only by the fact that new housing in Palma is so expensive but also due to there being such a scarcity of land to build on in the capital.

The main towns to benefit from this growth are Llucmajor with 914 new houses, Inca with 577, Marratxi with 513 new houses, Manacor with 425, Campos with 378 and Calvia with 325.

The city of Palma almost doubled its number of finished houses during 2006. In fact a total of 2'853 flats obtained their certificate of completion, as seen against 1'527 in 2005 - a relative increase of 86.8 percent.

Palma had been the location hardest hit by the building restrictions previously imposed by the Council of Majorca.
The “certificate of completion” awarded by the College of Architects verifies that a property has been officially inspected to ensure its adherence to original plans and standards.

ANDRATX
During 2006 a total of 250 houses in Andratx were given their final certificate, which represented an increase of 70 percent in comparison with the 140 granted in 2005, according to the municipal breakdown of the statistics from the College of Master Builders and Technical Architects.

Andratx is the eighth town in which the most building was done on Majorca in 2006.

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