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Limassol Town Planning races to process thousands of pending applications

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Limassol Town Planning races to process thousands of pending applications

Limassol

    Staff at the Limassol District Town Planning Department are scrambling to process a backlog of applications as the deadline for implementing the local government reform approaches.

    The reform, transferring planning authority to the newly formed Limassol District Self-Government Organization, has triggered a surge in applications, with roughly 3,500 currently pending.

    Heracles Achniotis, the provincial director, acknowledged the department’ s increased workload. They are prioritizing clearing existing applications while facing a steady stream of new submissions. Public anxiety surrounding the reform and the desire to secure approvals before the transition are key factors driving the surge.

    “People fear the unknown and want to ensure their applications are processed under the current system,” Achniotis explained.

    The pending applications reflect Limassol’s ongoing investment boom across residential, tourism, commercial, and other sectors, solidifying its position as Cyprus’ premier business hub. However, the influx has created significant pressure on department staff.

    The transition to the Self-Government Organization begins on June 10 following local elections. Achniotis expressed confidence in the progress made, highlighting ongoing staff training for the new Licensing Directorate, which will be housed on Thaleias Street.

    He also confirmed that concerns raised by a small number of Town Planning Department employees regarding the transfer have been addressed.

    While Limassol grapples with the backlog, an additional 1,000 applications remain pending with the Limassol Municipality, which currently holds planning authority.

    According to Phileleftheros, the Municipality is also experiencing a similar application surge.

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