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Supreme Court suspends high-rise planning decree

27 September 2016

Following an appeal by Kyrenia residents, permission to build high-rise buildings along the north coast has been temporarily halted by the Turkish Cypriot Supreme Court.

The appeal, was led by former Cyprus negotiator and leader of the Peoples’ Party (HP) Kudret Ozersay against the coalition government’s revised planning decree. This allows the construction of high-rise buildings (seven storeys), affecting communities from Karsiyaka which lies west of Kyrenia to Bahceli on the east side.

The court issued an injunction to stop it from being implemented after Kudret Ozersay and his party had lodged a complaint against the decree with the court. The case will be reviewed on Thursday,

A statement released by the HP party said that the decree was a violation of the constitution, planning law and tourism development law and pledged to fight against the decree until the end.

In addition, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) had also lodged an appeal with the constitutional court about the decree for Kyrenia, saying that the decree was in violation of the constitution.

The court will convene this week to examine the complaints.

Cyprus Weekly

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