Andratx.—The Balearic government is to authorise housing development in Monport in the municipality of Andratx, Cala Blanca and Muleta under new legislation which is expected to be finalised within a fortnight.

It has still not been decided whether home construction at Es Vilà and Cala Carbó will also be permitted under the urgent regulations which have been designed to restart projects put on hold by the previous Socialist coalition.

There also still remains a questionmark over three developments on Ibiza, at Benirrás, Punta Pedrera and Roca Llisa.
In total the renewed projects will cover 150 hectares of a total of 1'500 hectares of building land which were given arbitrary protection by the previous Balearic government.

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Agriculture and Territory Minister Biel Company said yesterday on “Twitter” that the new legislation is simply “unfreezing” areas which were already classified as suitable for development. It is no , he said, a question of seizing rural land and urbanising it.

The new measures aim to get private construction and business involved in the projects which have been on hold since 2007, so that the government doesn't have to pay millions of euros of compensation to developers.

But getting the Bill through Parliament isn't going to be easy. Both the National Socialist (PSOE) leader, Francina Armengol and Majorcan Socialist (PSM) coalition spokesman Biel Barceló said that there would be street demonstrations if the Partido Popular (PP) Balearic government puts it before Parliament. Armengol said that the PP are attempting to take the easy way out - boosting the economy through property speculation. She described the government's housing development projects as “ecological terrorism.” Barceló said that the PP were resorting to their “old ways” and that if necessary the matter of Majorcan territory protection would be taken to European courts.

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