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ICOMOS sounds alarm over planned Nicosia high building

September 27, 2019 at 11:11am
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The Cyprus chapter of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) has urged Nicosia Municipality not to allow the construction of a ten storey building on Kinyras street, designated an area of special character.

Kinyras begins over Pedieos bridge at the junction with Iroon Street and runs behind parliament and Nicosia Municipal Gardens to Paphos Gate.

“Construction of such incompatible buildings will irreversibly harm the character of the area and will have a chain reaction in the event of similar applications which will be difficult to reject,” it said in a letter to the municipality and released to the media.

The planning authority, in this case Nicosia Municipality, has no obligation to offer incentives for additional floors and extra building co-efficient, but to the contrary has the discretion and obligation to examine each case separately and decide, the NGO said.

“We call on Nicosia Municipality to respect the historical centre and not to allow the construction in the area of a building with a volume and number of storeys which no town planning rationale  or practice would allow to be included in an  area of special character,” it said.

The new court and town planning buildings in the area are two storey, of modern design and easily blend into the town planning core of the area, ICOMOS Cyprus said.

“We do not understand how provision for eight to 10 storeys was included in the local plan and an area of special character,” it said and urged the municipality not to allow a building of more than two to three storeys.

ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites.