The Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, at an event held at the Presidential Palace on Monday 9 May 2022, announce the start of implementation of the bilateral agreement reached in 2014 to regulate non-military development in the Bases.
“This is an important milestone in the long-standing relationship between the two states, embodying the partnership, close cooperation and ties that we have shared for more than six decades,” the presidential press service said in a statement.
The conclusion of negotiations and the end of the environmental consultation phase marks the beginning of the implementation of a new “non-military development” regime, a planning system that will provide more opportunities for development in the Bases.
The presidential press office said it was a “historic” day for residents and property owners on British bases, as the lifting of development restrictions in non-military areas of the SBA paves the way for significant economic, tourism and commercial prospects in municipalities and communities that make up base composition.
Planning zones and policies similar to those in force in the Republic of Cyprus will apply at the bases from May 16, 2022, except for areas related to military and security requirements. “The rights of all owners of land and property will continue to be protected, wherever they live, and environmentally sensitive areas will be protected,” the press service notes.
The new rules and accompanying maps will be published in their final form on May 16, 2022 and will be available for review by any member of the public. After that, property owners will be able to apply for planning and construction under the new regime. At the same time, within four months from the date of publication, any member of the public will also be able to file objections, inform about future changes.
“The implementation of the agreement is a demonstration of the commitment of both states to fulfill their obligations under the Treaty to establish and ensure the prosperity of current and future residents, as well as property owners in general, in sovereign base territories,” the press service said in a statement.