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Nouris: The speed of urban planning and building permits among the most important achievements

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The introduction of rapid urban planning and building permits with in which permits are now issued in specific sectors for a maximum of 20 days is one of the most important achievements of the government, stated the Minister of the Interior, Nikos Nouris, at the 30th Annual General Assembly of the Civil Engineers Association of Cyprus (SPOLMIK), in Nicosia.< /b> &nbs p?

He stated that this is a “tool with which we managed to move the cumbersome machines of bureaucracy, but also of the fight against corruption, by simplifying the procedures that were put into practice, as well as with the introduction of electronic government”.

< p>In his speech, he said that in the last three years, as any objective observer can see, as a Government we have accelerated the introduction of policies and reforms, succeeding in creating a more durable development model. This is confirmed by the numbers, projects and various indicators. The ultimate goal is always the optimal service of the citizens, he said.

Already the results of this reform are more than encouraging, he said, adding that by October 2022, more than 4,500 applications for developments of up to two residential units on a plot of land or under construction have been processed. Given this positive development, as of September 15, 2022, we have extended the application framework of fast-track licensing to larger developments of up to 12 residences, but also to apartment buildings of up to 20 apartments, as well as to mixed commercial, office or even residential developments of up to 1000 sq.m. , said the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Mr. Nouris said that the goal of this reform effort was to be completed by the end of the current administration's term. And this would be put into practice with the passage by the Parliament of the bill entitled “On the Facilitation of Strategic Developments Law”, and which concerns the licensing of developments with a cost of more than 20 million euros. The Parliament unfortunately did not complete the vote, but something he expects to happen next March, he said.

Noting that the growth rates in the country are among the highest in the EU, he said that this is a result. of a holistic approach to urban and building planning as well as the preparation of targeted plans with generous urban planning incentives.

One of them is the Plan for the Legalization and Licensing of Arbitrary and New Constructions in Approved Developments that presented small but manageable irregularities.

He also pointed out that the Ministry of the Interior recently issued a General Decree according to which it is no longer required building permit for photovoltaic systems in existing buildings.

Regarding the issue of dangerous buildings, he said that in cooperation with ETEK, a relevant bill was prepared, “with which we amend the Law on Regulation and Buildings, giving, among other things, tools to the competent authorities, to effectively deal with dangerous buildings”.

At the same time, the cost subsidy for direct support interventions has been increased, from €5,000 to €20,000.

In addition, the institution of regular inspection of buildings, according to MOT, is being promoted as a preventive measure character, as well as the procedure for imposing sanctions by the competent authorities.

In the field of architectural and cultural heritage protection, he said that since October a package of measures has been in effect to strengthen the restoration of preserved buildings with an increase in incentives and grants to such an extent that the plan is the most generous and generous of all of the EU member states. Also, the benefits cover 50% of the maintenance and restoration costs of the buildings, with an increase in the amount of direct sponsorship from €90,000 that was in force until today to €100,000.

With reference to the action plan for the revitalization of Nicosia within the walls, he said that the  Ministry of Interior, with the contribution of the Department of Urban Planning and Housing, prepared a set of actions which, among other things, includes two sponsorship plans.

Also, he mentioned that one of the major issues was the impossibility of solving problems in a large number of houses which are part of single developments or complexes, due to the reluctance of the co-owners to sign the relevant application claiming the legalization of the irregularities.

< p>According to the Ministry of the Interior, two bills have been prepared which have already been submitted to the Parliament and which amend the Real Estate Law and the Urban Planning and Spatial Planning Law, so that it becomes possible for the owner of a residence in a single development of a housing complex to be able to now to submit a planning application for addition conversions within the part that is an exclusive right of use t of his residence.

In this way, it will be possible to modernize his Title Deed, without requiring the prior written consent of 100% of the owners of the single development, said Mr. Nouris. < /p>

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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