THERE were more than 79'160 homes built on Majorca during the 1999 to 2009 decade, the so-called “boom” period, meaning that there were 21 erected each day, the island's Official College of Surveyors and Architects reported yesterday.

The figures were presented in an analysis of residential development over the decade by Jaime Gibert Salamanca who is head of the Building Studies Foundation. “It is worth pointing out,” said Gibert Salamanca that during 2002 and 2003, the regional government imposed a ban on the building of blocks of flats except in municipalities of the Islands where homes were scarce at the time.

The Building Studies Foundation report nevertheless shows that between 1999 and 2009 that a total of 24'433 buildings went up on Majorca alone which included blocks of flats, properties designed to house several families, single family homes and town houses. The total amount of territory eaten into during this period to accommodate the boom-time construction measured no less than 10.4 million square metres.

The analysis reveals that the average size of property built at the time measured 131.42 metres including all annex buildings such as garages, porches and storerooms.

Surveyors pointed to the high level of spending on Majorca's road network over the ten years in question, particularly the Andratx, Inca and Llucmajor motorway developments. They drew attention to the high cost of land in Palma and the way that building extended throughout the Metropolitan area as a whole in response to high demand with borrowing benefiting from low interest rates.

Although Palma was undoubtedly the area where construction burgeoned at the highest rate, it was followed by the municipalities of Llucmajor, Marratxi, Calvia, Manacor, Inca and Andratx. Areas with the least building activity were Estellencs, Escorca, and Ariany.


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