Palma.—The project, earmarked for a site verging on the Ses Fontanelles wetlands on the Playa de Palma is not new but development had been stopped by environmental legislation introduced by the previous Socialist coalition.

When the Partido Popular (PP) won the regional elections over a year ago, it was widely expected that there would be a further change in bylaws to allow the commercial centre to be built. But it is only now that urgent measures being introduced to promote the reform of the Playa de Palma have included modifying land protection laws to allow the centre development to go ahead. The change in legislation has been prompted by Tourism Minister Carlos Delgado who is keen for an outdated tourism infrastructure to be remodelled quickly.

Anxious to appease environmentalists, PP government spokesman Rafael Bosch said yesterday that a special monitoring plan would be set up to safeguard the protection of the wetlands.

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