Mt Lycabettus church slapped with fine

The city planning department of the Municipality of Athens has imposed a fine of 1.26 million euros on the Church of Agios Isidoros on Lycabettus Hill in central Athens for illegal expansion into a forest area with arbitrary constructions.

An ‘Attica suburb’ in the Aegean

First stop: “See that house at the end of the green slope? The man who owned it kept the area as it was, untouched, refusing to sell it no matter how much he was offered. Now it’s passed on to his son, who’s selling it for 1.5 million euros.

Urban planning control legislation submitted

Legislation concerning the new process of urban planning controls and demolitions, the establishment of the Water Management Organization of Thessaly and the new model of biomass management in forests is included in the Environment Ministry’s omnibus bill submitted to Parliament on Monday, after a 10-day consultation period.

Buildings aging without plan for what comes next

The collapse of a building floor in Piraeus on Tuesday where work was being carried out has highlighted the plight of hundreds of thousands of aging buildings in Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and other urban centers without a plan for the future.

Technical Chamber takes on mayors over building heights

The conflict over building heights in Athens took on a new twist on Friday with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) sending an out-of-court notice threatening lawsuits against the mayors of Alimos and Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, who have imposed a suspension of the issuance of construction permits that make use of bonuses included in the building regulation. 

Truths and lies about construction

In raging fury, Giorgos Stasinos, president of the Technical Chamber of Greece, on Thursday intervened in the public debate to defend the incentives that the New Construction Regulation (NCR) offers contractors – it allows higher and larger buildings if these are “climate-friendly.”

Opposition to building heights bonus growing

Kifissia in northern Athens is the latest municipality to join the front against a bonus included in the building regulation which enables the construction of higher buildings.

Top court shoots down bonuses for taller buildings

In a ruling on Tuesday, the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, deconstructed all the arguments in favor of the bonuses included in the building regulation which can enable the construction of taller buildings.