New building on the coastal frontline in Calvia is to be prohibited. Mayor Alfonso Rodríguez, in presenting basic provisions in the draft for the municipality's new urban plan (PGOU), said that there will also be demolition of obsolete buildings in these frontline areas, just as there was under the PSOE administration of Margarita Nájera in the 1990s.
The drafting of the PGOU, assisted by public participation, has in mind the prioritising of urban remodelling and regeneration rather than growth. The PGOU will not allow new activities that involve further development of the frontlines or of existing vacant areas. "Insofar as is economically possible, there will be limits to overdevelopment of the same type already effected by the town hall as a pioneer for decongesting the most crowded parts of the coast."
Another significant aspect of the PGOU will affect the process of drying out the Marina area of Magalluf. This envisages, said Jaume Carbonero, the town hall's director for urban planning and the environment, a system to solve risks of flooding in Magalluf, Son Ferrer and Son Llebre. In addition, it will allow for the recovery of a highly valued natural area by opening up urban Magalluf to the wetland in order to restore a balance between tourism activity and the safeguarding of plant species and migratory bird movement.
Rodríguez, asked whether wetland recovery was incompatible with envisaged urban developments, replied that the town hall should be capable of ensuring that it is not. On hotel projects on Magalluf's frontline that involve adding floors to current buildings, Carbonero said that projects will be considered case by case in discussion with developers in order to arrive at agreements which satisfy all parties.
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