The Urban Planning Department of Cort has approved the application of the Housing Decree Law of the Balearic Islands in the municipality of Palma. This allows the conversion of commercial premises into dwellings and the growth in height in certain neighborhoods.
The Palma City Council has approved the zoning that determines which buildings may gain height and which commercial premises may be converted into dwellings. These measures are included in the Decree Law of urgent measures that the Government approved last October 2 to facilitate access to housing in the municipalities of the Balearic Islands, including Palma.
With regard to the growth of high-rise buildings, both existing buildings and new construction, this is destined for the expansion of Palma. On the other hand, for reasons of landscape, preservation of the surroundings and environmental quality, they may not grow in height:
- The traditional nuclei of Génova, Son Serra, Son Llull, La Vileta, Son Rapinya, Son Espanyolet, Es Secar de la Real, Establiments, Son Sardina, El Molinar, Coll d’en Rabassa, Es Pil’lari, s’Aranjassa, Sant Jordi, Sa Casa Blanca and Hostalets, as well as the areas of the PERI of El Terreno, Special Heritage Protection Plan of Santa Catalina, nucleus of Soledat Sud and the nucleus of El Molinar.
- The historic center as a whole was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) by resolution of the Consell de Mallorca in July 1964.
- The historical complex of El Jonquet declared BIC.
- Buildings, environments and areas declared BIC, cultural property, or included in the municipal catalog of protection of buildings and elements of historical, artistic, architectural and landscape interest.
- The area of traditional housing development (VT) of the Plan of Integral Reconversion of the Platja de Palma, the first line of the coast and the seafront.
The possibility of converting commercial premises into housing is vetoed in the historic center and in axes such as Nuredduna, 31 de Diciembre or General Riera. In the case of first floors in buildings listed for their architectural or historical interest, a favorable report from the City Council of Palma will be required.
Also, the change of use on a floor above the first floor will be possible in those plots that have a multi-family residential use as the main use.
On October 2, the Government of the Balearic Islands approved the Decree Law of urgent measures to facilitate access to housing in the municipalities of the Balearic Islands, including Palma. This will come into force when it is approved by the next plenary session of the City Council, on November 30.