The mayor of Inca, Virgilio Moreno, the president of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, and the councillor for Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí, this week laid the first stone of new public housing development in the municipality. The nine homes will be for young people under the age of 35.
The president stressed that young people are a group particularly affected by the difficulties of emancipation and access to housing and recalled that the future Youth Law will establish that “15 per cent of new public housing will be for them”, in the same way, that 50 per cent of the flats acquired by the first refusal will also be reserved for young people. “We want to enshrine the right to housing as the fifth pillar of the welfare state,” said the president, recalling the Government’s policies in this regard: from the approval of the Housing Act “which defined the figure of the major landlords” and established new tools such as the right of first refusal or the transfer of use to be used for renting, as well as the increase in rental aid, which has gone from 1.5 million euros in 2015 to 9.5 million last year. Finally, Armengol thanked the collaboration of the town councils, such as Inca, for ceding plots of land for the construction of public housing.
The new development
The new building will have six two-bedroom and three one-bedroom homes, one of which will be adapted for people with reduced mobility. The building will have a ground, first and the first floor, where there will be the homes, and a basement for communal areas, where there will be storage rooms and parking for 22 bicycles. In addition, there will also be an area for a vegetable garden and another for children’s playgrounds.
The development will be built on a site donated by the Inca Town Council and is expected to cost 1,586,145 euros. The construction period is 16 months.
The project, like all IBAVI projects, includes environmental measures that will allow for the highest possible level of self-sufficiency. With the aim of making the homes as sustainable as possible, they have passive climate strategies, such as the incorporation of air-conditioned rooms in winter and coolers in summer, to reduce energy demand without sacrificing comfort. Priority has also been given to the use of local products in their construction.
50% more public housing in Inca
In addition to these nine flats, the Govern is building 54 more homes in Inca. These 63 new homes will increase the public housing stock in the capital of Raiguer by more than 50%, from the current 120 to 183 public housing units.