Staff Reporter

THE decree for temporary land protection measures which the Balearic Government is expected to approve on November 23, would protect the wetlands Ses Fontanelles, in Palma, and Ses Feixes, on Ibiza, meaning the suspension of building authorisations and licenses in these areas.

The decree talks in article 3 about the suspension of building work in two specific areas of Palma and Ibiza, “to avoid any work taking place in these areas which would spoil the physical and biological reality of these areas”.

It also sets out rules corresponding to the definitive protection of the environmental values of these natural areas.
With regard to this the decree says that until the Balearic law for urgent measures for the sustainable development of territory is in force, no building projects can be carried out, nor any building licences granted in some specific areas.

Actually, the document refers to the increasing of the areas of special protection on Majorca, the Son Real Dunes, Punta Negra-Cala Mitjana, the Llucmajor Marina, Cap de Cala Figuera-Refeubeig and the natural areas of the Serra de Tramuntana. As for the island of Ibiza, the decree specifies the extension of the protection for Cap Llibrell, Cap Llentrisca-Sa Talaiassa, Cala Compta-Cala Bassa and the natural areas of the Amunts de Ibiza.

The decree specifies that, in the case of Ses Feixes, this area will remain protected until the approval of the modification of the Ibizan General Ordering of Territory Plan and until that moment, it should be guaranteed the preservation and maintenance of its environmental and heritage value in its natural surroundings.

Sources for the Balearic Ministry of Transport and Town Planning said that this document is still provisional and that the political parties which form the government will have the final say.

The Balearic government also has a coastal development freeze pending to be passed.
It had been due to have been given the green light last week but the government stalled claiming that more time was needed to discuss the moratorium which would have immediately frozen developments in areas of natural beauty in Majorca and Ibiza.

The Balearic government has been ordered by the central administration to take urgent steps to protect the region's threatened coastline.


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