PRESIDENT of the Committee, Yiannos Lamaris, explained that in view of the fact that only 2,500 ‘Statements of Intent’ had been submitted, the Committee deemed it ‘appropriate’ to extend the deadline.
In addition to the extension, it was also proposed that the submission process be made simpler:
Under the present legislation ‘Statements of Intent’ have to be submitted together with a sworn statement made by an architect/engineer who is registered with the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK). The proposed changes, if accepted, will no longer require a sworn statement, but rather an affirmation made by the owner/buyer concerning the status of the property.
The major opposition party, DISY, agreed with the proposals and they will be put before parliament at its plenary meeting next Thursday.
Unless there are some last minute hitches, the proposals will probably be accepted.
Update – 7th October 2011
AS widely anticipated, a six month extension to the Town Planning Amnesty has been approved by parliament.
The principal changes that were agreed yesterday are:
- The period during which ‘Statements of Intent’ may be submitted under the provisions of the Town Planning Amnesty laws has been extended to 6th April 2012.
- The requirement that the ‘Statement of Intent’ has to be accompanied by a sworn statement made by an ETEK registered architect/engineer has been removed. In its place, the applicant is required to submit a ‘Statutory Declaration’.
We will publish further information as it becomes available.