The Greek Council of State has ruled that proposed structures near the archeological site of Plato’s Academy must be limited in size according to article 24 of the Constitution, which refers to the protection of archaeological sites.
The reduction of the building rate and height of the buildings of the archeological site of this specific region of Athens have been decided on.
The presidential decree, whose plan was submitted to the 5th Department of the Supreme Court of Cassation concerns the amendment of building sites and the maximum permitted building height in the region around the Plato Academy archeological site.
Initially, Service E in its No 77/2013 consultation response, deemed the Presidential Decree’s plan legal as a whole, but specific provisions not legal. These provisions include the building rate of 2,4 in section III, which faces the Kifissos, as well as the maximum permitted building height at 18 meters.
The judges decided that the building rate cannot surpass the average building rate included in the General Development Project of the region, that is 2,1, and the height cannot surpass the permitted maximum height of 15 meters.
The Greek Council of State demands the immediate issuance of the contested decree, as both the Ministry of Environment Energy & Climate Change and the Municipality of Athens have suspended issuance of building permits the last two years. Immediate issuance is necessary to prevent irreversible conditions in the archeological park of the Plato Academy..