The tax and planning authorities in the Balearic Island of Menorca have used a drone to uncover 2,500 illegal constructions, reports the local paper Diario de Menorca.
The drone was managed by the Cadastre office in Menorca, flying over 700 square kilometers of the island and discovered new buildings, extensions, and swimming pools built without planning permission.
The urbanistic audit does not yet include the results from Mahon and Ciutadella – Menorca’s two biggest towns – so the finally tally of planning infractions is bound to go up, as the inspections continue.
The idea to use a drone to uncover planning infractions was dreamt up by an official from the Treasury Department (Hacienda), reports the Diario de Menorca. Other regions may start to copy the idea.
Menorca – the second biggest Balearic Island – is a UNESCO Biosphere, so news of illegal development on the island clashes with its reputation as a nature reserve.