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New plan to protect Istanbul's silhouette

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News | 10/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced a plan aimed at protecting the city’s most beautiful views by preventing illegal buildings and controlling construction.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced a plan aimed at protecting the city’s most beautiful views by preventing illegal buildings and controlling construction.

The plan, dubbed the “silhouette mother plan,” was suggested by the Urban Planning Directorate and would initially focus on Istanbul’s historic peninsula, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn areas.

According to a report recently approved by Parliament, construction that may damage the areas will be restricted.

A wide range of regional research will be included as part of the plan. According to reports, until the plan is implemented, the structuring rights of housing plans in specific places will be limited.

“We used to prepare the plans vertical instead of horizontally. From now on, the flats of the buildings will be taken into consideration and higher flats that damage the view will not be allowed,” Fatih Mayor Mustafa Demir told the Daily News.

The construction of three skyscrapers in Kazlıçeşme in the city’s Zeytinburnu district received criticism last month because they allegedly lacked a license from the Supreme Council of Monuments; the Istanbul Protection Board, however, recently said the skyscrapers were built with permission from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Zeytinburnu Municipality.

Mayor Demir also said that he has not been informed about the fate of three skyscraper dwellings in the Zeytinburnu district.

“We will prepare the plans through coordinating with urban planners, the Chambers of Architectures and building planners (Imar plancilar) from our municipality,” he said.

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